Sunday, July 24, 2011

Cryptid Creepies: Tasmanian Tiger

This is a new series about cryptid creatures.

Today, we're going to cover the Tazmanian Tiger. This is one of my favorites and one cryptid I think has a very excellent chance of existing.

The Tasmanian Tiger is categorized as a "thylacine." The Tasmanian Tiger actually existed in Australia, the island of Tasmania and New Guinea. This was the largest marsupial (pouched creature).

It was believed to be extinct or nearly extinct on the continent of Australia by the time Europeans settled there. On the Island of Tasmania; however, it lasted much longer. Bounties on their dead bodies, as well as domestic dogs might have helped to obliterate this population.

The last thylacine died in 1936, officially extinct in 1986.

Even to this day, people often report seeing it. It's seen so often, that there has to be something to it. A breeding population would have learned to hide from man who was pursuing him and thylacine had bred extensively before the citizens began killing off their population to get rid of the "troublemakers." If a cryptid does walk this earth, this is the one I would put all my money into. It is the most likely and the most witnessed. In fact, there are plenty of videos on YouTube people have taken of potential thylacines. They're pretty badass and seriously, I hope the marsupials survived the slaughter because they are just magnificent wild creatures.

Here's one such film taken of potential thylacine:

When I saw this film of a supposed chupacabra taken by a police dashboard camera, I couldn't help thinking of thylacines. Strange, huh? It reminded me of the archived video (above).


  1. I love information like this it's so fascinating. Like I commented in one of the BF posts I would love to see animals or creatures thought to be extinct or even just folklore caught on film or camera not to be hunted but so that we can view and marvel at them.

  2. I can't imagine the people in jungles nowadays in Indonesia and such who come across creatures that we didn't know about. I believe Orang Pendak is like that--definitely a creature seen often by locals and by some visitors too. Exciting stuff! I would be happy to hear a Bigfoot, but to see one--wow!

  3. I know all about these thanks to my boy! So, I homeschool my kidlets, and I got them new notebooks for them to write in every day, any my son made his a Cryptid you LOVE it???