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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

Date: 2017-01-14 06:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] holaspis.livejournal.com
Wow! This look... convincing. To an extent: I don't see any stripes on the animal and the video quality isn't that bad, so there should be something... My first thought was: "ah, just a dingo pup" - the tail though! That animal didn't move its tail in a way any type of dog would. So... Whatever this is, if there are more, that's fantastic! (and makes me want to throw everything and go to Australia)

Date: 2017-01-14 08:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tigerannesims2.livejournal.com
It's definitely one of the most interesting videos I've seen of alleged thylacines. The animal moves rather differently from a dog, and not at all like a fox, so what is it???

Yes, I kind of want to visit Australia now. :)

Date: 2017-01-15 01:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elyndafae.livejournal.com
Would be nice if it did turn out to be a Thylacine though, wouldn't it! Never seen a tail like that on any kind of dog. It doesn't curl upwards or hand down like a dog's tail would. Very strange.
Edited Date: 2017-01-15 01:31 am (UTC)

Date: 2017-01-15 11:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tigerannesims2.livejournal.com
I've never ever seen a dog keep its tail still like that, while running around. Foxes, on the other hand, seem to use them more as a rudder, and their tails are very long. If that is a fox, though... then something is wrong with it. It either has the mange, or someone shaved its tail to fake this video. The mange makes animals sick and lethargic. I don't think an animal who had come to the stage where all the fur was off, would be in the mood to bounce about like this guy does. This mystery individual also doesn't appear to be bald all over, or have the scrawny outline of a mangy fox. The voice-over even points out how strong the neck and shoulders look. If it really is a fox, I'm going with the "shaved tail" theory.

None of this explains the weird running style it has, though. This doesn't look like a wounded animal, to me. It looks like a young individual who's bouncing around with no care in the world. Thylacines were said to have very little fear of humans, which is part of the reason they were so easy to hunt. :( They were top predators. And that makes me wonder why the kangaroo you see in the video doesn't seem to give a single darn. The roo is still a lot bigger than the running fella, but wouldn't kangaroos shy away from thylacines by instinct? Or are big kangaroos just that badass?

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