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Taipei County officials, police, and veterinarians are continuing their search for a mystery animal that killed ten goats in a farm in Linkou, Taipei County.
The owner of the farm, surnamed Hung, had reported to police on Friday that ten of his goats were killed on his farm by an unknown animal. An Indonesian laborer working for Hung who witnessed the attacks said that a tiger was the culprit.
However, veterinarians from the Taipei Zoo said that bite marks left on the goats and the animal's footprints near the scene indicate that it is not a tiger. The veterinarians said that the footprints left by the mystery animal is eight-centimeters long while a Tiger's footprint is usually between 10 to 11 centimeters long. They added that felines usually do not extend their claws when they walk, and thus will not leave claw marks on the ground.
Taipei County officials yesterday said stray dogs could have been responsible for the deaths of dozens of goats in Linkou Township that residents had blamed on a mysterious "beast." The "beast" may now also be responsible for the deportation of a witness to the attacks.
a case that occurred in Pingtung years ago in which more than 10 mid-sized hogs and dozens of goats were killed by stray dogs in a single night
A foreign maid witnessed the killing and insisted that she saw a tiger launch the attack.
Fourteen goats at the farm were killed by animal bites Monday, but the owner saw wild dogs at the scene on that occasion. [A total of 24 goats have been killed by this time]
Examining the two captured strays, neither was found to have paw prints matching the tracks left at the farm Friday, which appeared to be larger, Taipei county officials said.
Meanwhile, U.S.-based ethnic Chinese forensic scientist Henry Lee suggested hair or bite wounds left on the mauled goats would provide evidence revealing the species of the animals responsible for the Linkou attacks.
County officials said that the animal might be a large-sized dog as there used to be a dog-fighting ring near the farm where the goats were killed.
Originally posted by eagle32
Erm, thats a dog
why would i confuse a blatant golden retriever for a tiger.
am i missing something?
Originally posted by Cowboy Clint
How about a Tasmanian Tiger? It's dog shaped, has tiger markings, and has a big jaw. Could it be possible that a group of tasmanian tigers escaped extiction by being pets in China and then escaping into the wild? Stranger things have happened...
They showed on the news casts of the prints and prints of a tiger. it was pretty clear that it was not a cat because of the claw marks.
Originally posted by Thain Esh Kelch
Funny how a tiger is ruled out, due to the size of the bitemarks and the footprints. This could be a young tiger you know.
One thing that does rule out a tiger though, is that more than 1-2 animals were killed.