The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.

: 1848 - 1957), Saturday 12 January 1957, page 17

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CROSBIE

MORRISON

the good

news

of Tasmania's

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liENORMOUS
I span Á tinctive
è
is one

jaw
M

of the dis features ot

aiTasmania's ? most legendary I Tiger.

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TASMANIA'S "Tiger" is not extinct! That the occupants received last week from Queenstown, Tasmania.
to do

is the

of

a

kernel of the newss^ helicopter out from ^
.¿¡!
...

The question about it?"

immediately

arises

-

and

urgently

-

"What

is

anyone

going

o
o

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From being regarded as the most recently extinct of resumed the world's larger animals, the "tiger" has now mammal rarest its status of 30 years the world's ago as that im satisfactory position, but one more a much much a heavier responsibility on those charged poses
with the.

conservation
its

of fauna. the
'HESE young
are

Apart
Tasmanian
cine many
or

from

rarity,
or

Tiger Marsupial

Thyla

It is related than wombat to and wolf or the tiger. to resemblance Its superficial these other things is related to its mode of life as a hun habits and not to its flesh-eater, a ter and
?

claims to a marsupial, more to the kangaroo,

has Wolf distinction.
closely koala, the either

in the pouch before they are able to fend for themselves. the pouch of the kanga Unlike
roo or

for

nurtured months

affinities.

In

common it

with

all

the

marsupials,

produces

immature ridiculously no and blind naked and though a than newly-born rat, little short of is very adult the five feet from nose-tip to tail-tip.

other almost young, larger

thylacine's is and the so that young rather shallow, in their later stages of milk feed borne along underneath ing are mouths their with mother the hanging on to her teats and their bodies dangling. The thylacine is by jar the the

pouch

opens

the koala, backwards

world's
pial'.

largest

flesh-eating
it
is

marsu

related to nei its arc ther, general characters like those of the dog tribe more than, of the "big cats," but the the down bands chestnut-brown it flanks have given

Though

sandy-eolor.ed flanks have
the vernacular It does not
name

given

it

men war on declared out. wiped him

men

of "tiger." lurk and spring on but tiger does, its prey the as rather picks up a trail and follows it with dogged perseverance. is Its staying-power phenome no in persistence it has nal, and equal in the animal- kingdom. startle a wallaby, which It may easily outdis and will dart away it, but the track, it once on tance it wal until the exhausted holds its laby, stopping for a rest, sees off is approaching and enemy

him,

and

all

but

through the night it will until the wallaby has not a the thylacine hop left in it. when can jaws rush up to it with open it. and take deli "Open jaws" are mentioned other there is no berately because other ani indeed, no mammal call to mind except a I can mal its mouth can open snake-which The widely. so angle of the full is not of 180 de far short gape grees! nations as so Not long ago
trot,
-

again. Right

authentic completely last Tasmanian sight of a about of was "tiger" that I heard then the even and 30 years ago, considered was worthy of occasion record. there have "been ex then Since of Tasmania's peditions into some most inhospitable roughest and country (and the west 'coast with its horizontal be really can scrub back alive." rough) to "bring him even or to catch a glimpse of him, avail. but without the bait Noises in the night, a box trap, footprints taken from the been have on the ground, evidence of his nearest to concrete existence. continued The

report of

Museum Hobart the they keep a set of casts of the genuine footprints, front and rear, thylacine, "for a comparison of with tracks picked up by amateur In
.

even

seekers

of

the

lost

"tiger."

measure common

There lived
historic
on

is

a time the "tiger" wos in Tasmania. animal fossil evidence that ii

Film visit
¡<OME
were

of

these

expeditions
naturalists to was creature

the mainland, too, in pre whose
ensure

made

by

only
that

times, but the advent of for such a the dingo spelt doom primitive
It
was

interest sùch a rare
_

remained

alive.

creature.

riot so matter a much of fighting, as of economic compe tition. When there was prey to be dog always beat had, the modern to it, and creature the prehistoric the mainland the dingo had soon to himself. crossed to Tas The dingo never his and so the "tiger" mania, Devil, had cousin, the Tasmanian all the business to themselves.

hopeful of catching were Others in a sanctuary, one for keeping was sponsored while at least one which American film group by an all the made had necessary ar their find to whisk rangements fly it to the as States and away as they got it, for the sake soon of a film "scoop."
'

much never was compe There these two. The between tition fresh; the meat tiger likes his one "devil" prefers it "gamey" is the killer, the scav the other kill the devil can though enger, to. he wants when gather, the we can As far as tough, impenetrable scrub of Tas native the was mania always the "tiger" until heath of the and brought the white came man
-

sheep.
The sheep was just pennies from "tiger;" the lure heaven' for the out of of easy living brought him fastnesses into his impenetrable lazy. him country and made open men and men poultry Sheep

j

.
. . .

TASMANIAN
first cousin to
a

DEVIL
tiger hut a killer, lt likes the
what
j

scavenj

ger

rather

than

"gamey"

food.

we as such strong evidence With we expect such have now, may ivith be to repeated, attempts to en behind them enough money ij even sure they have to success Tasmania's famous destroy half scrub to get him. horizontal
'

It the becomes responsi now with bility of the people charged and fauna of the conservation that nothing of the flora to ensure kind happens.

the the safety of the- birds, qualified ob now able to come from are servers "ex all countries and study an ,its home on ground, tinct" bird it is where behaving naturally and be most can therefore, where, a learned from study of it. proper
If

doing. With they were precautions to ensure

the Tasmanian

Government

Penalties
"HEN
¥V

has not something of the same in once the present mind sort thylacine has been ot the range
verified,
it

will

be

lacking

in and

its to

the
more

famous

Notor
as ex

duty
Only

to

its

constituents weeks

nis,

a the wild in up century, turned of New south-west Zealand, the Goverment the first reaction of of area a was to reserve generous close a as that part of Southland prohibitive penalties with reserve, Inter should who against anyone fere with a Notornls. There New any to grasp But
is not
even a

tinct for

abandoned than

posterity.
a

few

ago

I

was

half

talking
famous
tor,

to Mr. Lloyd Jones, the Hobart Club instruc Aero about the thylacine in the
?

wild south-west. He had picked up tracks there, and intended to follow the matter when opportunity offered. But up the helicopter got in first.
; j

specimen
some as a

in

Zealand
an

zoo, which

people might
the

criticise

failure

opportunity.
New
were

knew Zealanders With the

been After the discovery had Bell, Mrs. now pf announced, Melbourne, telephoned to say that between Launces when motoring about two ton and Georgetown her had

surprised years ago, her party had certain ;it "tiger" they were was not a "devil" eating a rab | bit on the road. that road in Without knowing detail, I woujd in timately and that that was be inclined to say to firjd unlikely country in which first the because a thylacine is not sufficiently dense, and cover because the Queen Victoria second Museum has been at Launceston the trying for years to establish and whereabouts of the thylacine, naturalists* active a strong and the club there would have covered and between Launceston ground the coast pretty thoroughly. It is in much more and remote with sparsely-settled country, one' would terrain, that rougher that country, expect success-just for example, that Captain Fergu flying over when he made son was his find. Florentine The Valley still has possibilities; so has the dense area and south of Macquarie Harbor, outskirts east from there to the of the Huon country. BUT WHEREVER IT IS, THE PROPER ACTION IS CLEAR AND CONFIRM ITS PRESENCE, ASIDE AN ADE THEN SET AREA RESERVE TO OF QUATE POS ENSURE FAR AS (AS PRESERVATION. ITS SIBLE) ABOVE LET IT ALL, DO NOT BE EXPLOITED TO ITS OWN DESTRUCTION.
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