Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Tiger, Tiger

One of the pieces of work art I really wanted to see during my trip around the NT, was one that I had seen before, more years ago than I wish to recall.

The rock art shows a Thylacine.  The Thylacine was a marsupial predator, that was also known as the Tasmania Tiger (or even Tasmanian Wolf).  During the recent history of Australia this animal has only been known from Tasmania and the last known individual died in 1933.  Many people claim to have seen individual animals since this date, although there has been no firm proof for these sightings.

Whatever its current status, it was once the apex predator in Australia and it was probably driven to extinction on the mainland because of the introduction of dingoes.  In Tasmania it was, in essence , hunted to extinction to protect sheep.

This pack art site is at least 20m above the ground.  You can see the characteristic stripes, although the back of the animal is obscured.

The things we have gained don't always outweigh the things we have lost.



You can find more shots from around the world at Our World Tuesday.

11 comments:

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

:(

My Life in the Charente said...

Wow, I do love these old rock paintings. Diane

Missy George said...

Great shots...Too bad they are extinct..We lose a lot of valuable creatures due to extinction..I guess that's the way of the world...Have a great week..

Beth said...

Lovely and tragic.

Lady Fi said...

Wow - that is fascinating.

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

So interesting!!!.. Regards..

Christian Perrin said...

Such a sad tale. I was reading about the extinction of Australia's megafauna in more depth recently, and the Aboriginal artwork of such species is quite revealing - turns out the marsupial lion had a tufted tail, for example! Would love to see the artwork shown here - you captured it very well!

Fun60 said...

The artwork provides a valuable insight into times gone by.

Lea said...

Fascinating!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

This is just amazing Stewart! i'm sorroy it is disappearing.

Raquel Jiménez Lastras said...

Maravilloso, poco más se puede añadir.
Saludos