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International team hopes to settle thylacine mystery once and for all

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THE thylacine has officially been put on notice: the hunt is on.

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Thylacine (Tasmanian Tiger) Albert Quarrell (Albe) with a dead Thylacine shot at Fitzgerald near Maydena Source: Supplied

 

An international team of naturalists from the Centre for Fortean Zoology has arrived in Tasmania for the first in a series of well-resourced and professional expeditions into Tasmania’s wilderness to hunt for evidence of the Tasmanian tiger.

Although the animal was officially declared extinct in the 1980s, reports of thylacine sightings are still common and expedition leader Mike Williams from NSW has high hopes that they can find something.

“The problem with a lot of the sightings from members of the public is that they’re generally caught by surprise, and their photos are taken on things like mobile phones and aren’t very good,” he said.

“It will take really good quality video to really convince anyone and preferably a video shot by a person, so we’ve brought as much gear as we can to improve our chances of being ready if we do see one.” Mr Williams is highly regarded in his field and has spent many years searching for evidence of the big cats that are said to roam areas of rural NSW and Victoria.

He is careful not to be too specific about the regions they will investigate in Tasmania, but said they would focus on the state’s northwest and southwest.

“We’re meeting up with some eyewitnesses to begin with and that will help us narrow down our search areas,” he said.

This first expedition of 10 people will run for about two weeks and will be one of eight or nine expeditions over the next two years.

The expedition includes British expeditioners Dr Chris Clarke and Richard Freeman – who have searched for giant anacondas in Africa and the Indonesian equivalent of Bigfoot on the island of Sumatra – and Hobart paranormal expert Dr Hannah Jenkins.

The Centre for Fortean Zoology is based in the UK and Australia and investigates “mystery animals” that are considered rare, extinct or undiscovered, such as the big cats rumoured to live in the Australian bush, and Australia’s Bigfoot, the Yowie.

The thylacine has a special place in the international organisation’s ethos: it is featured on their emblem.

While in Tasmania the group will also busy itself searching for evidence of feral foxes and identifying healthy devil populations free of the facial tumour disease.

“Let’s hope between our resources, those of independent researchers, and the government’s, something comes to light,” Mr Williams said.

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AC / DC singer talks about looking for the Loch Ness monster

AC / DC singer talks about looking for the Loch Ness monster 87

Brian Johnson, lead singer of rock group AC / DC in the conversation with the journalist of NME said that once, when he was in Scotland, was looking for the Loch Ness monster with guitarist Malcolm Young, who died in 2017.

According to the musician, they and their wives stayed at a hotel right on the shores of Loch Ness. They rested and drank until Young suddenly announce:

“Let’s go look for the Loch Ness monster. I have a box of fireworks with me, they can attract him.”

Despite the fact that it was night outside, Johnson and Young still went in search of the mythical creature.

“We went into the water with our boots on. We were cold. I remember how Mal was holding a drink in one hand and a box of fireworks in the other, trying to set the lake on fire. When we returned to the wives, they were all covered in mud, and their hair was similar to straw. What a night! “- Johnson recalled.

In an interview, AC / DC’s vocalist also spoke about the band’s new album, “Power up”, which is scheduled for release on November 13th. Brian Johnson hopes the record will inspire a new generation of performers.

“Hopefully this album will get kids and teens to go out and buy a guitar instead of looking at dancers on TikTok. It would be great if more young rock bands write their songs and take the stage more often,” he said.

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Loch Ness monster spotted in a Chinese lake?

Loch Ness monster spotted in a Chinese lake? 88

The ranger of the national park on the Changbai Plateau in China has published photographs in which, he says, you can see a strange creature living in the local lake Tian Chi. Talks about it are going on since 1962.

A man named Xiao Yu noticed an unusual dark object on the surface of the reservoir during his daily walk. He began filming the “monster” until it disappeared under water a few minutes later.

Lake Tian Chi is 4.9 square kilometers on the border of China and North Korea. Sometimes the North Korean military go fishing here on boats, but on the Chinese side, fishing in the lake and unauthorized visits to the park are strictly prohibited. Xiao Yu noted that he had seen boats on the lake more than once and would never have mistook them for a “monster.”

The caretaker’s message caused a stir in the Chinese media and social networks. The fact is that reports of a strange creature in Tian Chi have appeared regularly since 1962. He was nicknamed “the Chinese Loch Ness monster” and made the subject of conspiracy theories.

Biologists declined to comment on what exactly the park employee could see in the photo, because it is difficult to see something  in the picture in detail. They recalled that there are many plausible explanations for the Scottish Loch Ness monster. It can turn out to be both a large eel and periodically floating logs of Scottish pine.

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Bigfoots attacked tourists in the Ozark National Park, Arkansas

Bigfoots attacked tourists in the Ozark National Park, Arkansas 89

Fort Smith native Ellen (not her real name) tells us a thrilling and frightening encounter with Bigfoot in the Ozark National Park – outside Campbell Cemetery on Tuesday night. According to Ellen, she and her husband Robert decided to find a secluded place to live a couple of days far from civilization and even so that numerous tourists were many miles away.

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Therefore, they chose the area of ​​the old abandoned Campbell cemetery, where no one had wandered in for about a hundred years. And now, according to Ellen, she and her husband heard something like an animal growl, permeating the air and coming from somewhere in the thicket. After a few minutes, the growl intensified and seemed to be closer.

“It sounded like some hefty creature had found its lunch,” says Ellen.

However, what slightly frightened Ellen was that their dogs, which always bark at the approach of predators, suddenly shrunk, huddled near the tent and began to whine. Then Ellen and Robert, in order to somehow cheer up the dogs, got out of the tent and also began to growl. But the joke failed.

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In response to their voices, the growl from the thicket became really aggressive and began to spread around, from which Ellen and Robert realized that there were at least two creatures. Ellen did not even think about some “Bigfoot” and assumed either large wolves, or even bears, when suddenly hefty sticks and stones flew into the tent.

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This infuriated Robert and assuming that some hooligans were hiding in the bushes, Robert gave the command to the dogs to teach the offenders a lesson.

“It was the biggest mistake of our life,” says Ellen and begins to cry.

According to her, when the dogs disappeared into the thickets from there, at first the sounds of a struggle were heard, then one of the dogs uttered such a monstrous cry that Ellen had never heard anything like it in her life. After that, everyone began to howl, whine and scream, and pieces of dogs flew towards the tent.

At first, Ellen and Robert thought that these were big stones again, but when they saw that a dog torn in half had been thrown at them, they came into indescribable horror and, leaving everything, rushed to run. Ellen and Robert went to the police first.

The police found a tent and equipment, but there were no pieces of dogs there, so the couple announced that they were crazy. However, friends told Ellen that something similar happened in the national park last month and we just reported about it.

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