Sunday, 22 June 2014

Today's daily Tasmanian tiger pic

This picture of a smiling Wilfred Batty, gun in hand, typifies much of the hysteria that surrounded a thylacine kill, even as late as 1930 when this trophy photograph was taken. Batty, a farmer from Mawbanna shot the half-starved young thylacine after observing it sniffing around his home for several weeks. A road gang working in the area had claimed to have fed the desperate-looking tiger scraps. It's interesting how Batty's dog warily recoils from the deceased tiger. Batty sold the carcass for £4 and this tiger was later declared to be the last to be shot in the wild.