a reply to: Kandinsky
Here's the thing, this was on the mainland. Tigers weren't just on Tasmania, and the mainland has a lot of area most people just plain don't go to.
There's tons of places for species to hide.
Here's another thing, despite being declared extinct, sightings of them never actually stopped. They became very sparse, but as the years have gone
on, sightings have actually increased. This hints at a recovering population of Tigers out in the bush. It may be nothing, but it also may be what
So now we have an urban sighting. You sound skeptical because of that, but in a way, considering what I previously mentioned, it may not only be
possible but a very GOOD sign. Keep in mind even in the US, it doesn't take too long to go from urban to wilderness. Urban areas are really small
concrete jungles or oasis in a giant wilderness setting. People actually literally LIVE on a very very small portion of the planet. We're just
spread out in little pockets all over. So it's never really that surprising an animal gets found in an urban setting, cause getting to one doesn't
require that much travel. Even animals can get lost and confused.
Not to mention as pointed out, this was an urban setting with lots of wilderness within and around it, making it even easier for a creature to find
it's way in. But I digress continuing my chain of events. So we have potentially, if eye witness testimony is accepted, and let's be fair this is a
creature that went "extinct" not long ago, so recently we have videos of it, so it's not like it's Nessie or Bigfoot or Flying Saucers with little
grey aliens, so I think we can give eye witness testimony a bit more credence in this case. Some of the people who've had sightings of Tigers look
old enough that they may have alive been when Tigers weren't considered extinct. That's only 80 years ago by the way. Let's also not forget the
sightings never stopped so many of the older sighting were by people that knew damn well what a tiger looked like.
But once again, I digress, if we give eye witness testimony more credence than normal for the reason I mentioned above, here's a very, very plausible
story based on the evidence presented. Mankind hunts the tigers for all the stupid reasons we did, we chase the species deep into the bush, where man
rarely treads, those that survive are the ones most skittish of man, the one's that have developed as many of man's prey have, an instinctual fear of
So man stops hunting tigers, we stop seeing them, they stop going into areas where we are common, and we don't go that deep into the bush where the
surviving populations are hidden. For several years no real sightings occur. But they start up again. A few Tigers from these populations possibly
have wandered out of their territories, or a few people have gone further into the bush than normal. Now I could be wrong, but I think a lot of the
earlier sightings were more from people that went out into the bush than people in more civilized areas, but don't quote me on that. So time
continues to pass. As it does, these surviving tigers, no longer hunted begin to make a come back. This means they need to explore out and acquire
new territory to maintain a growing population.
This growth results in more run ins with mankind. Still not many, remember these creatures are now very skittish when it comes to us. So these
encounters are short lived mistakes on their part. But as a result sightings go up. Some even on farmland. Now we get more to nowish, we'll assume
for arguments sake, the population has grown even more, on top of that, it's been many generations, by this time it's possible not only they need to
expand even further but some tigers have started being born without that instinctual fear of man that have kept them alive for so long.
From my understanding, it's getting to the point where sightings of tigers is somewhat common. Enough so, that people somewhat near the areas they
might still exist have all had a sighting that may have have been a tiger. Think about your own life, think about all the animals you know live in
the wilderness around the places you've been. Surely there's some that even though you know are there, you could count sightings of on one hand.
So now we have some tigers that are not as fearful of man, a population causing some to move outside said territories, and eyewitness accounts that
are growing at a pace that fits a story of a reclusive species making a come back. With all this in mind. Are you really so certain they've all been
killed off and this wasn't a Tiger?
I'm almost convinced it's more plausible they are out there than I am that we killed them all off. There's a lot of bush and remote wilderness in
Australia. Also to me the evidence lines up to perfectly with a realistic picture that they're alive, as it fits what that would look like if
If you want to continue believing they are all dead and we killed them all, that's your prerogative, but in the case of the Tiger I don't think them
still being alive is so easily dismissed as that. So I'm saying, keep an open mind, don't rule them out just yet. A tiger may still surprise you one
edit on 9/7/2016 by Puppylove because: grammar and spelling