The Centre for Fortean Zoology, see links column on the main HPANWO site, have made a startling announcement: The thylacine of
is still alive, see: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/11/zoologists-on-the-hunt-for-tasmanian-tiger-declare-no-doubt-species-still-alive.
The thylacine, also called the Tasmanian tiger or Tasmanian wolf, is thought to
be extinct. The last ever confirmed specimen, kept in Hobart
zoo, died in 1936; here is some film taken of it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odswge5onwY.
It looks like a kind of dog, but in fact it's a marsupial, closely related to
the kangaroo. It's unique for its very wide and powerful jaws as well as the
striped fur on its hindquarters, earning it the nickname of tiger. However, in
the years since the announcement of its extinction, sightings of the animal
have continued from remote regions of Tasmania,
an island almost the size of Scotland,
but with a population of only half a million. Richard Freeman of the CFZ is so
confident that the thylacine never died out that he has gone there to try and find
it along with other members of the CFZ team; although I think Jonathan Downes
tends to stay at home these days. The thylacine is depicted in the logo of the
organization. So far they have collected very credible eyewitness reports and
droppings which will be sent off for DNA analysis. I wish them luck and I know
how dedicated and determined the CFZ is; see here for background: http://hpanwo-radio.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/programme-51-podcast-cryptozoology.html.
The thylacine was hunted ruthlessly by farmers through the 19th century to stop
it ravaging their sheep. If it turns out that the thylacine is still alive, it
will be a great gift from nature, and a reprieve. We'll have a second chance
that we never thought we'd get to live together peacefully with these