Jan. 13th, 2017

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*Points to icon* This is a thylacine. They lived on the island of Tasmania, and most likely went extinct in the late 30s. And yet... people keep seeing animals that resemble them. Most of the sightings are actually from mainland Australia, where they are rumoured to having been secretly reintroduced in the early 20th century. Every now and then, a poor-quality video showing *something* makes the rounds, claimed to be footage of living thylacines.



I'm usually very, very sceptical to this sort of videos, for all the obvious reasons. This one, which apparently surfaced last autumn, is rather interesting, though. As usual, the footage is terrible quality, and you can't tell what the colour of anything is supposed to be. What is cool about this video, is that you can see the outline of the animal's bodyshape quite clearly. This is a creature that has a very long tail, much longer than dogs usually do. Dingos are dogs, they have dog tails. This animal doesn't move its tail the way dogs do. I can't say I know what we're looking at in this video, but I don't think it's a dog. The voice-over points out that its running style isn't like a fox'. It's sort of bouncing along, a bit stiffly, while foxes run with smooth, flowing motions like this:



In other words, a fox runs in a way that almost resembles a cat. The mystery animal doesn't.

While I'm pretty sure that this can't possibly be a thylacine, because... they're extinct, I do love a good mystery. :D

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