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26 thoughts on “They were excellent and stripey and we killed them

  1. zut alors

    The critter in frame #2 ‘coming down with something’ happily didn’t realise it was a bullet.

  2. Holden Back

    I thought most scientists were placental mammals. Shows what I know.

  3. drmick

    Thats why the flat earthers are so suspicious. Scientist looks just like scientologist with a few letters changed; and nobody trusts them. Or do they? The LOTO and his front bench are from another planet.

  4. paddy

    ROTF Still chuckling at the thought of a mere Thylacine trying to tackle Possum Comitatus.
    No wonder they lost out.

  5. Venise Alstergren

    And what we don’t actually go out and kill for sport, we manage instead, to destroy the habitat of any animal which gets in our way.

  6. drmick

    If only there had been small handed female asian vets around, they may be tinct now instead of ex tinct.

  7. Holden Back

    @drmick taint what you do, it’s the way that you do it.

    That’s what gets results.

  8. Andybob

    My dad heard a cough in the Tasmanian bush when he was a young lad in the forties. It was either a thylacine or an emphasymic local smoker, but when he tells the story he makes a noise just like a real thylacine ! (I think).

  9. drovers cat

    Timely, dog#1 as today we are advised of the death of the last female koala up ‘ere at Noosa National Park (euthanised at Australia Zoo due to a tumour in pouch). So sad. That leaves an estimated three males in the entire park.
    And this is in the environment-conscious Noosa Biosphere.
    Courtesy Newman (see crikey LNP mining/developer donations story) and possibly Rabbott this is not a good time to be an animal of any species in Australia.

  10. Microseris

    We are still doing it. Foxes now in Tas thanks to some halfwit who can also presumably vote.

    On the mainland quolls, assorted bandicoots, phascogale, leadbeaters possum, etc all on the way out. Funny how we can eradicate these, but can do jack about foxes, cats, deer, goats, indian myna’s, starlings… you get the idea.

  11. ernmalleyscat

    And it’s not just the charismatic megafurries that are on the brink.
    There are snails, fish, reptiles, frogs, birds and thousands of plants queuing up to jump off the cliff that is unsustainable growth.

    Interesting fact: Woylie is actually a combination of Warnie and Kylie. Which makes it the Aussiest creature that ever lived. And died.

  12. drovers cat

    Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell – Edward Abbey

  13. Hermo

    The best comments on Crikey happen on First Dog’s cartoon pages.

  14. klewso

    Their habitat’s been Gunned down since.

    [And cane toads Micro.]

  15. GF50

    Good dog, true and very sad.

  16. drmick

    Barry the fat is doing his bit in NSW by paying the local branch of the Redneck Shoot the $hittr out of Everything Party into the national parks specifically to eradicate the sissy “protected” ones…….including us.

  17. burninglog

    Who is/was that Conservationist from South Australia that said , ” I love cats. I just can’t eat an entire one in one sitting.” ?
    He also got around with a feral cat skin hat.

  18. Venise Alstergren

    If owners looked after their cats there wouldn’t have been a problem to begin with. Blame the person, not the animal.

  19. zut alors

    @ burninglog,

    Dr John Wamsley of Warrawong Sanctuary in the Adelaide Hills.

  20. zut alors

    If you’re listening Firsty, the comments section doesn’t seem to be working for Monday’s ‘toon.

    Unless it’s just singled me out…?

  21. First Dog On The Moon

    fixed zut

  22. fractious

    Dogonaut Lounge members (both Gold card carriers and occasional blow-ins like me) probably already know this, but it’s worth repeating that Australia has the world’s worst species extinction record, an ‘honour’ it’s held for some years. Who said Ginastralia can’t mix it with the big players on the world stage.

  23. fractious

    And as EMC mentions (and microseris hints at) it’s not just the cute and cuddlies whose lights are going out. We’re wiping out plants and insects and even entire ecological communities before we’ve even named half the things that make them up, let alone understood what they do or what their ecological roles are. But who needs ecology when there’s coal and iron ore and bauxite and gold and copper and opals and…

  24. Venise Alstergren

    FRACTIOUS: Exactly. And by the time we do know their names we will be able to decorate what’s left with make believe trees.


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