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tales of queer
right here in outback.
the Kadina "wehrwolf," for This strange-looking
to be a fox and a wolfhound, in Australia South
back in_1919. ""For"nine"" months," "something" had £10 was been destroying sheep, and offered for its capture.
wait by a watering the marauder to shoot to drink, but the "wehr thirst and elsewhere.
its quenched of staghounds
Finally, in a trap.
its captor so It was wild that when it, it leapt at him. it went When near it second made he in a shot plunge, the mouth. This monster weighed 701b., and was 4ft. 6in. from to tail. It had nose a powerful chest and neck, with brindled hair and black coarse lines of wavy its rump tan on and forelegs. Its and tail was short and bushy.
which before, drown
National Library of Australia
to flood believed waters, were "wehrwolf's" offspring. later sent to the Ade Its skin was laide Museum. there was the monster which Then station 12 at on a killed Caoura, sheep After near Tallong (NSW). seeing the the of statign remains sheep, the
more a much declared it was than either a fox or powerful animal of "some dog. Pawmarks a big ani in the adjacent mal" had been found gullies. They were believed Shoalhaven to be those of a Russian boarhound, were but on no occasion accompanying human footprints found.
nine- miles and two
cutting wood. Probably youths were nothing was further from their minds than odd creatures, resembling foxes*
Russian boarhounds. Nevertheless, strange animal, "apparently half dog a and half pig*," rushed at them from
creek. One of the wood-cutters nearby That the axe. was end of an swung the monster. Back in Goulburn, a local "authority" it as identified but a large wombat; otherwise. ani The others thought mal's head resembled that of a pig. It had a short, squat" legs, with heavy coat of soft, silvery fur. It was more 3ft. long, and tail. than no had seen heard A "lion" was and in the district A Nabiac in 1933. (NSW), check-up on local menageries revealed had t^at no such animal escaped. First to see this monster a young was person named while his way man on Freeman, It crossed clear patch to work. a of him. 100 yards from ground, about it was first I thought "At a big said, Freeman taller dingo," "but it was than and ever any dog I have seen, its neck. it had mane around As it a it showed big bushy a bounded away, knob on the end of its tail." He took a shot at it with his pea
in thick bush.
started farmers after night
heard, and a calf and a horse had been found Farmers badly mauled. stopped gathering in their cows before day light; the round-ups were made, there after on horseback by day. Also, no dog in the district could be
be that dogs can It may see things can't. Or maybe which humans they're just naturally cautious. But when a dog
mysterious 239 fowls in two
animal at Wan 1929, it refused to kill failed to track down monster which killed
1931. It may have been that they to locate it. didn't want A "tiger" of large proportion was on Mount Harriett in July, 1931, seen
by a Mr. Erie Bitten, who informed the police that he had a dose view of the
brute-in fact, too close for his likino A party searched the locality next d and fresh tracks, which "couih found have been made by some large mJtn ber of the cat family." Similar
along the banks of the Tanta wonglo River. In the same country the partly-devoured carcases of marsuDiah had been found. The "tiger" was not caught.
for the land
amphibians. There Thargomindah (Queensland)
was the "bun
first instance; reported in frolicking in seen August, 1941. It was the Dynevor Lake, 22 miles from°the township. One witness described it as being like a large
"like a seal and something duck and turtle combined."
inspector, while on chased He
way it in a
some among this, he managed to take a snapshot, but told the newspapers he was "not too hopeful of the result, because the
Thargomindan, boat, but it disap Despite rushes.
early morning was light not too strong." like nothing "It was I have ever seen," Mr. Utz declared. "Its head was black and at least a foot long, and the animal was grunting and splashing a lot. I was told that many years ago a seal was seen in the Dynevor chain of lakes. But this one has got me beat." Most descriptions tallied with that of seal, but how a seal could travel to a
be explained. As Mr. Utz mentioned, a seal-like creature had been seen at Dalby some described it as before.
described it as before. Witnesses tail and a having a seal-like head called into divided flippers. They two years
people of Thargo
"shoot" the monster inhabiting lake. politics takes J3ut Thargomindah seriously than it does bunyips, more that a and when it was announced the address local politician intended to bunyip the electors of Thargomindah, hunt called, off. was Thereafter the were silent, as far as the newspapers (or bunyip?) was amphibious monster concerned. beard The sea-serpent with the red fl late fishermen "a bad shock" gave
J. Q. Barnes, a Brisbane man, miles with a friend some a huge off Mooloolabah (Qld.), when the on creature appeared serpentine surface of the water about a mile ana to a "It appeared them. quarter from something be marked had red, and esti which looked like a red beard. I it to be about 60 feet long, saw mated 1941. Mr.
Mr. Barnes. After swimming around for a wnne, the creature slowly submerged M reported A was sea-serpent Mr in August, 1934. when Townsville
his party the surface
fishermen "a bad
three were wafer. There humps, 6ft. out of the water was each of which at the highest point. Mr. swanson returned to Townsville the sei vices and of a news engaged when but photographer, they re paper had the monster turned submerged. like an rather Italian sub (Sounds
"crocodile" gained Press in November,
be a big line railway the log dangerously the at Angourie, near Yamba (NSW), Rutiedge, Max locomotive driver, got back down to investigate. He jumped hurriedly as the "log" rose on four legs and for him. This occurred about made 40 miles from Grafton, where the line re runs through swampy ground. Max ported the incident, and several parties set out to hunt he the monster, wmch
that was only the beginning. Following this report, several local re
sidents threw declared big creature"
of ridicule seen "a that they had fishing at night while
Angourie. a long period, calves had been disappearing; and bellowing noises in the swamps at nigfct, previously be
swamps lilved to be cattle in distress,
prints, 4in. long and 4Sin. wide, were found. Police took plaster casts, where the sent to the Museum, them zoologist (Mr. R. J. Kinghorn) identi fied them as those of a crocodile or an
But: 'crocodile' no tail?" the Yamba he asked. Mr. King-horn pointed out that when crocodile walks, its tail drags on the a ground. In all the reports, he had seen tail marks mention no of any having
Constable Jackson, of Yamba of no said he knew «nimal
district that Clarence River make tracks like those he had in Angourie. seen A reward of £50 was posted for the of the monster, dead or alive. capture Tim Healy, 75-year-old astrologer, who lives like a hermit in a tin hut on the called in. was Wocloweyah marshes, calculations by the planets, He made is not and a said: "There crocodile ." within a thousand miles Then wa« terrifying local residents at what
heard the monster of them bel and outside hut. his lowing snorting he alone, barri Being immediately caded himself in, and hoped for the best. The croc. depaKed. peculiar tracks, differing in those supposedly made by the original crocodile, were discovered. Constable Jackson then thought that thev were made by another crocodile. Well, We've heard of rabbits multiply ing, but not so quickly as that. that Australia So it seems has its Some of monsters. them queer be may hybrids, but others well, of them, we might ask, with Banquo: "What these, so wild and with are ered in their attire that thev look not like the denizens of this Earth, but are
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