For once, a real thylacine shot story...a historical one..I have been to the gates of the farm where this tragedy happened.
And I know members of the Batty family..
To all the mainland hunters of tasmanian tigers..keep on ignoring the most recent body of a tiger on the mainland was only dated at more than 3k + years..whilst in Tasmania... its 80 years...
But that means nothing right..? :)
The main unemployed proponent of "their are no tigers in tasmania"... traveled to Tasmania 15 years ago, stayed for about a week..then went home and filmed a fox in Victoria..and called that a tiger.
Yup..cutting edge research...!
It also has made claims in the media that tigers were wiped out in Tasmania because they were attacking sheep..
FFS...read one flipping book on the subject instead of beclowning yourself all the time.
Tigers were never a threat to sheep in Tasmania,...poor farmers had made that claim..but it had no basis in reality...are you following that simple statement. ?
What is it about some Victorian "tiger hunters" and their inability to know what a fox looks like..or even read one book...?
A FASCINATION with the Tasmanian tiger has led a Hobart man to pay top dollar for a photograph of the last known thylacine in the wild.
The original photograph, purchased by Nevin Hurst, sold at Gowan's auctions for $9775 last Saturday.
According to an article in The Advocate dated Wednesday, May 14, 1930, the photograph depicts a man named Wilfred Batty, who shot and killed the animal after seeing it kill poultry on his farm at Mawbanna, on the North-West Coast.
HISTORICAL: The last known image of a thylacine in the wild.
The tale said the animal was "exceptionally large", measuring five feet and six inches in length.
It said the thylacine "caused a great deal of trouble in the Mawbanna district, having wrought havoc in fowl pens, while it had also frightened several children."
Mr Hurst said the reserve price for the photograph was set at $20 but later raised to $250.
He said he was not sure how many people he was bidding against because it was done over the phone.
"We don't know who put the photograph into auction, except that it was a lady."
Mr Hurst said the photograph, which measures 5cm by 10cm, was in excellent condition.
"We need to preserve what little we have, which is why the photograph is just so important."
He said his son shares the same fascination with the creature.
"I have been buying Tasmanian tiger skins and putting them into a collection. One reason we collect is we hope to match the stripes on his back in the photograph with one of our skins.
"The photograph and skins will all go into a private collection and won't be released until we are absolutely satisfied with it."
He said he still holds hope that the thylacine exists.
"If there's any tigers out there - no one is saying there isn't - the gene pool is so small they would be inbred and without strength. They would be destined to become extinct anyway." source