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Marsupial Tiger (1938)

Marsupial Tiger (1938)

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The Land 1938 (Feb 11)
The Land 1938 (Feb 11)

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The Land (Sydney, NSW : 1911 - 1954), Friday 11 February 1938, page 16National Library of Australiahttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article104151987
In
North
Queensland
Jungle
Lurks
Mysterious
Animal
that
may
Be
Worth
Its
Weight
in
Gold
s
^/ITHIN
recentyears
therehas
been
so
much
exten
sive
exploration
workdonethat
to-day
very
few
parts
oftheworldremainunknown
to
man.
As
one
famousscientist
has
said,
"Thesurfaceofthe
globe
now
offers
littlescope
to
themodern
adventurer."
Despite
this,however,there
are
still
a
numberofanimals
roaming
thelittle-known
parts
of
theworldthathavenot
yet
beenintroducedto
science,And,although
not
generally
realised,
one
ofthe
strangest
ofthese
uncaptured
animalsisknowntoexistinthefarnorthernwildsofthis
continent—in
the
jungle
counti'y
ofNorthern
Queensland.
Thisisthe
mystei-ious"marsupialtiger,"
an
elusivecreature,
which
hasbeen
rarely
seen
and1has
never
been
capturedalive,
while
only
a
fewhavebeenshot
over
thelast
thirty
years.
FruitlessSearch
Thefirststories
concerning
thepresenceofthis
strange
animal
came
outofthenorth
over
thirty
yearsago,andsincetheninnumerable
scientists
and
museum-collectors
from
all
parts
oftheworldhave
penetrated
thenorthernwildsinsearchofthe
mystery
animal,
without
finding
anyti'aceof
it.
Oneofthemost
elaborate
expedi
tionstosearchforthe
"tiger"
was
organised
some
yearsago
by
thatfamous
explorer.
SirHubert
Wilkins,
but
although
the
expedition
combed
a
large
area
of
jungle
country
no
traceoftheanimal
was
found.Now
a
woman
is
searching
forthe
 
Now
a
woman
strangecreature;
thisisthe
noted
German
scientist,
Miss
G.
Neu
hauser,
whois
visitingAustralia
tocollect
rare
animals
and
birds
fortheNewYorkMuseum
(U.S.A.).
Sheisat
presentworking
inthefar
By
.
.
.
"Northerner"
north,
wheresheis
making
everyendeavortoobtain
a
specimen
ofthelittle-known
"tiger."
Worth
a
Fortune
A
small
fortune
awaitsthe
personwhois
successful
in
capturing
the
first,
live
specimen
ofthe
rare
animal,
forthere
are
many
museums
throughout
theworld
that
would
willingly
pay
thousands
of
pounds
forsuch
a
find.
!
Asmuch
as
£5,000
and
£10,000
hasbeen
paid
in
the
past
for
rare
animals
by
overseasmuseums,
butthevalue
of
a
"marsupial
tiger"
would
undoubtedly
be
'
muchgreater.
This
"tiger"
is
one
oftheveryfew
opportunities
remaining
forenter
prising
collectorsto
bringin
arare
animal,which,
asone
scientist
has
said,
"wouldbeworthits
weight
in
gold."
Bushmen
Have
been
It
What
type
ofanimalis
this
mysterious
"tiger"?
There
are
many
'well-known
bushmeninthenorthwhohave
seen
theanimaland
described
it.
Itissaidtobe
con
siderably
larger
thanthe
common
native
"tiger-cat,"
andisof
a
yellowish
or
fawn
color,
striped
like
a
tiger.
.
Thecreature
isalsosaidto
be.
as
fierce
asa
young
tiger,wliile
aborigines
ofthe
Northern
Queens
landwildshave
told
me
that
it
is
one
of
the
most
dangerousanimals
in
the;north,crocodilesincluded.

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