The Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld.

: 1866 - 1939), Saturday 14 April 1923, page 31
ing confined to a small district in the in terior of Tasmania. He adds that nearest surviving relative of the Thyiaciu* devil, which, although Ts the Tasmanian plentiful in places, is near ing extinction also. This animal (Mr. Le Houef desig nates it as Sarcophelus ursinus). possesses a temper, he says, -which hau given it its name, beingj because it resents even these animals, be say*, looked at. Both related to the native cats. are

THE

ELUSIVE DOES

TIGER.
EXIT?

IT
OF

OPINIONS

EXPERTS.

SOME Does this supposed "tiger" really exist in the Daintree in those far-away ranges district? and Palmer River Since
a

the' South expedition from passed through Brisbane on' the way investigation, to Cooktown an to conduct much interest has been aroused, and the existence or non-existence* of the animal has been frequently discussed by those are as who know the districts well. We sured by a well-known Brisbane authority, t the Daintree who knows country thor ouglily, that lie believes the "tiger" cer

scientific

bad

H. Dudley Le Souef, Director Zoological Gardens, in Melbourne this of Australia" book, "The Animals and (published by Whitcomb Tombs, Ltd.. Melbourne), gives illustrations of wolf and the Tas both the Tasmnnian manian devil, and soys:— persistent «re rumours . "There amongst the natives of the existence of

Mr. W.

of the

tainly exists, at all events, suggests that

rather that it did, within, quite recent ho years'; and it was closely allied to the or Tasmauian marsupial wolf (Thylacinus cynocephalus), which is" still found in the roughest parts of Tasmania. Though this had the opportunity *of gentleman never seeing one himself, he assures that the us blacks frequently described the animal, their descriptions he at once and from it associated wolf,, with the Tasmanian called a "tiger" because of the commonly blackish-brown stripes across transverse
or

largo tiger-cat, large as a bull-dog, as fjir Jjrindkpd large, eyes, with nud very which is said Xo spring on the, tree kan and crush -the skull 'in its power garoo fright ful jaws. , The blacks are very it, as-they say it doe* not hesi ened of and often kill* tate to attack a man, their dogs. Seeing that tbe Boongarry only made known (or tree kangaroo) was 188'i, it is not improbable to science in
a

that

a

new" carnivore

will

yet

be

dis

the back. Mr. W.

Lavallin

Puxloy,

an

English

naturalist, in a book published in Febru of this year, entitled "Wandering* ary in the Queensland Bush" (published by that Allen and "the bones of the marsupial lion hnv« been discovered in the fliivfatile deposits the and from on the bailing Downs, number of those remains found close to

wild region." in the same Mr. covered Souef,, describing the Tasmanian Le -wolf, s«yW that they lie quietly during and at night come th« day in cave*, their prey. forth to hunt They have uot grtfnt great speed, scent, but any and prefer to spring upon unsuspecting
pre.r,

whether

the

settlers'

sheep

or

native

20
in

wallabies. tbe years ago
was

Tasmania

He adds that priqe of • only £5."

"somo
'tiger'

that they were gether it would appear sudden drying o? overwhelmed by some such yay> these In some the ground. A have perisiied. extinct animals may great controversy, however, is at present Professor Owen the remains. raging over takes the view that the teeth show they \yere intended to hold struggling prey. Professor Flower, on the other hand, holds that juay be, However • different view. of de several species marsupials have of veloped into carnivora in the course Ot though remaining marsupials. ages, is interesting the Ta? these the most tnanian wolf (Thylacinu* cynoccphaUw), which is on the verge of extinction, bo
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TASMAMAN
-

WOLVES,
in

it is tiger of North considered To which the supposed marsupial • W. picture in reproduced from Mr. LayaHin Puxley'* "Wanderings Messrs. George Allen mid Unwin Loadou.

Queensland bears the Queensland
-

some

resemblance.

The

Bush," just published

by

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