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#1465235 - 08/06/2018 12:21 Thylacine Sightings
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I came across a discussion about this video on another site and I must admit, i'm intrigued. The footage was captured by home security CCTV in the driveway of a home in Kellyville Sydney at around 2 am on June 3rd. It shows an animal which could be a dog or fox, but which bears more than a passing resemblance to a
Thylacine stopping in the driveway, then walking off. I'm not saying it is or isn't but its features, particularly the tail that is stiff and thick and appears to end abruptly in a whitish tip much like the Thylacines from Tasmania certainly have me intrigued. It would be interesting to hear an expert analysis. What do you guys think of it?

https://youtu.be/GXu74P-HDdg

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#1465238 - 08/06/2018 14:05 Re: Thylacine Sightings [Re: Pooraka]
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Sure is amazing - not a dodgy fox? The tail is sure weird.

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#1465242 - 08/06/2018 14:27 Re: Thylacine Sightings [Re: Pooraka]
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like Kino, the tail is what first struck me too. Dingo and foxes traditionally have much shorter tails. Certainly has the body and tail structure of the Thylacine, i cant pick any rear markings on it though.
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#1465245 - 08/06/2018 15:05 Re: Thylacine Sightings [Re: Pooraka]
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Clearly a fox, no doubt about that at all.

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#1465246 - 08/06/2018 15:16 Re: Thylacine Sightings [Re: Pooraka]
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I cannot see any markings either although the lighting in the video could make it a bit hard to tell. The tail is definitely dark with a white or lighter coloured tip though that shows up in the video. If you play the video slow or pause at 0:03 the head has a very "marsupial" look to it. The legs seem a bit thinner than in file footage of Tasmanian individuals but again, could just be video angles?

According to wikipedia thylacines are thought to have gone into decline on the mainland around 2000 years ago probably due to competition from invading dingos. They did say that reliable sightings were reported on the mainland in the Flinders Ranges and Blue Mountains as recent as the 1830's but doesn't seem to have been any official scientific documentations. Sightings across mainland Australia have been occurring regularly since white settlement but remains have never been found.

Regarding the lack of markings and differences in frame in this video it makes me wonder. Could there possibly have existed on the mainland a closely related species that is unknown to science?

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#1465247 - 08/06/2018 15:35 Re: Thylacine Sightings [Re: Pooraka]
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The other thing is - it could be a dingo-cross.

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#1465251 - 08/06/2018 16:06 Re: Thylacine Sightings [Re: Pooraka]
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A fox with the mange.
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#1465256 - 08/06/2018 17:14 Re: Thylacine Sightings [Re: Beltane]
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Originally Posted By: Beltane
A fox with the mange.


Yep as Samboz stated above..."clearly a fox"...no mystery there..

and yep probably some mange as suggested by Beltane ..if the footage was taken recently you would be expecting the tail to start looking like a luxuriant featherduster going into winter...

We used to get up to $50 a winter pelt for them 30 years back..drive around the sheep..particularly lambing ewes and spotlight them at night..put a .222 round in them anything up to 300 metres..could do further with a .243 but it tended to go right through the body and damage the pelt...then skin them,stretch them out and nail them out on ply boards..then store them till the buyer came by for a visit and sell them.....the one in the video would not have been worth skinning..

They are horrible animals..definitely no friend to the farmer...as well as taking many lambs, they would often attack the ewes whilst giving birth and kill the lamb and sometimes damage the ewe herself...








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#1465310 - 09/06/2018 16:28 Re: Thylacine Sightings [Re: Pooraka]
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Originally Posted By: Pooraka
They did say that reliable sightings were reported on the mainland in the Flinders Ranges and Blue Mountains as recent as the 1830's but doesn't seem to have been any official scientific documentations.


Amazing, had no idea.

It's a pity how much we've lost in the way of mammals especially since settlement. At least in South Australia, the diversity in mammal species is very lacking now.

Flinders Ranges must have had some amazing animals at settlement. Just as an example, they certainly aren't extinct but are very rare nowadays...a 15ft or 16ft carpet python was once found near Wilpena Pound. They are still seen but nowhere near that length. Hard to even imagine a snake that big in SA.

Interesting video. Certainly one of the strangest tails I've seen on a fox. Almost looks like it is wet and the hair is sticking down to me. No real idea though
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#1465376 - 10/06/2018 20:14 Re: Thylacine Sightings [Re: Pooraka]
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Definitely in the canine family, maybe fox cross dingo?

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