Sunday, 15 June 2014

Today's daily Tasmanian tiger pic ...

A campaign of whispers against the thylacine, including the creation of imaginary folklore and branding the animal a sheep and poultry thief, helped secure its sad fate. This picture taken by naturalist Harry J. Burrell (1873-1945) shows a tiger with a chicken it has supposedly snatched from a farm. The image was widely circulated and appeared in Australian Museum Magazine in 1921, but is a fake. Far from being shown in the wild, the un-cropped image shows a tiger to be in a fenced run, later thought to be the property of animal dealer James Harrison, in Waynard, Tasmania. Further research concluded the tiger in the picture to be a mounted specimen that was manipulated into position for the shot.