Nov 15, 2013

The truth will be revealed: I have seen the Tassie tiger

Everyone knows the Tasmanian tiger is extinct, right? Well, thylacine researcher Col Bailey says everyone is wrong.

Tasmanian tiger

The thylacine is not extinct.

I say this without reservation. I don’t suppose the thylacine (or Tasmanian tiger) remains extant, or imagine, or even hope it is; I know categorically that the thylacine exists, because I have seen it in the flesh. I have also heard it and smelt it over the past 20 years and handled some mighty convincing eyewitness reports along the way. I have written extensively about the animal for various newspapers over the years, and my first book, Tiger Tales, was a collection of stories concerning old bushmen I interviewed, their sightings and recollections of the tiger as well as other sightings spanning the past 100 years.

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17 thoughts on “The truth will be revealed: I have seen the Tassie tiger

  1. JackAubrey

    mmmm. Just a skerrick of evidence would be nice. It doesn’t have to be a whole (living or dead) animal – just some fresh DNA. I’m sure Mike Archer would be ecstatic to verify it.

  2. GJ Rogers

    I’d love to believe they were still around, but the absence of evidence is pretty strong evidence of absence in this case.

    If nothing else, it really stretches credibility that they’ve escaped the incredible carnage on the logging roads. Old-growth logging trucks only travel by night to escape being filmed, and night is when all the critters are out and about. Logging companies have employees drive the route at dawn to haul the roadkill out of sight into the bush at the roadside. It beggars belief that a living thylacine population has somehow continually avoided dying on roads that claim every other critter in Tassie with monotonous regularity.

  3. paddy

    I really wish this was true. But….evidence?

  4. mattsui

    This pera’
    “It appears that I do this at risk of my own reputation, for I am only too aware that once I declare these truths, the sceptic brigade — bless their atheistic little hearts — immediately pounce like ravening wolves, gnashing their teeth, frothing at the mouth and hammering their extinction drums in my face in doing their level best to make me out to be a raving imbecile, a serial hoodwinker, or at worst a sadly disillusioned senile old tiger hunter who should be committed to an asylum. But honestly, such flattery, such adulation, such hero worship, such reverence is like the proverbial water off the duck’s back.”
    and the fact that having spent your whole life looking for the beast, you finally find one…. and you can’t take a photo?
    Makes me think the author a bit suss.

  5. Venise Alstergren

    I may have an atheistic heart, soul and brain, too true. However someone I used to know spent a fair amount of time in South West Tasmania. He swore that the thylacine was not extinct. He was not a person given to conspiracy theories. On the other hand, he was unable to offer proof.

    Bon chance with your crusade.

  6. Mark

    Whenever I read an article which is heavy on attacking strawmen opposition, this open minded agnostic turns hard-core athiest and any faith I might have in the author evapourates. Look, mate, all you need is one shred of hard evidence – some scat, a hair, anything for the CSI guys to do their magic on and you will be an instant hero. Until then it’s just the word of someone we might have met down the pub. Sorry.

  7. David Husband

    It seems Col Bailey feels it is time once again to resurrect the “extant” thylacine myth, but this time without a grainy photo or any other evidence. Too long in the bush?

  8. Kevin Herbert

    I lived in Tassie for 6 years in the 70’s…and I saw one too.

    It was in a car driven by Elvis down the Southern Outlet!!!!

  9. David Alford

    I tend to be a skeptic on many things, but on the matter of the Thylacines’s continued existence, I am more optimistic than the naysayers. I believe there is perhaps a 50-50 chance the Thylacine is still extant.

    I have videotaped interviews of two extremely strong sightings way beyond the official 1936 extinction date. One in the mid 1970s in Western Australia and another in the 1980s in Eastern Tasmania. I have other taped interviews, some later and some earlier, but these two sightings were so strong, I’m pretty much convinced the Thylacine held on until at least the 1980s.

    That’s still a long time ago, and I recognize that; but both sightings were from public roads. My logic is simple, if the Thylacine was really there in the 1980s where it could be seen from a public road, I give the species good odds of holding on several more decades in remote areas.

    Of course, there have been sightings well into recent years, I just am not familiar with these to make a judgement.

  10. John Taylor

    I would dearly love the Thylacine to still be around and I read this article with a sense of optimism but unfortunately it is a series of assertions about skeptics rather than offering up tangible evidence. I wish you well in your quest Col and sincerely hope you will succeed. But ad hominem discourse on your critics does not a Thylacine make.

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