I was appalled to read that the Victorian Government will investigate the Mystery Big Cat. Let him run free, I say!
There are enough people round the world busy shooting lions, killing tigers and slaughtering anything remotely feline without crazed cat hunters roaming through the Wombat State Forest. Already I can see scores of trigger-happy hooligans busily firing at any movement in the mist.
Our cat has been quietly eking out a humble existence among the ferns and Creeping Grevillea, the Manna Gums and Candlebarks for at least 100 years. He’s never harmed anyone (OK a sheep or two) so why pick on him now?
Some believe that the Mystery Big Cat may be traced back to animals let loose by United States soldiers during World War II. A pair of pumas were used as mascots and, at the end of the war, they were released into the wild somewhere in the Grampians National Park.
I ask who let the humans loose in Victoria? Look at the damage people have caused!
The woman-who-feeds-me hopes the big cats may turn out to be Thylacoleo, predatory marsupials from the late Pleistocene. And so do I.
Here’s what I told you previously about the Thylacoleo ..
Thylacoleo was part of the marsupial family Thylacoleonidae – predatory marsupials which lived in Australia from Late Oligocene times until the end of the Pleistocene. That’s a long time ago by anyone’s standards. In those far off days of the late Pleistocene Australia, like Africa today, had its own megafauna. But ours were marsupials, as distinct from the placental mammals of the Old and New Worlds.
Members of this marsupial family varied in size. Some were just my size, like any ordinary house cat and some were the size of an African lion. The most famous species is Thylacoleo carnifex, usually referred to as the “Marsupial lion”.
Has the Thylacoleo survived? Are his descendants still in the wild places of the Blue Mountains today?
Hands off our Mystery Big Cat!
Mystery Big Cats of Australia
They have been spotted in every Australian state, huge black catlike creatures that prowl the remote regions of vast mountain ranges and hidden valleys….