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Thylacine Tracker Col Bailey, 85, Dies

The Sunday Tasmanian of 27 February 2022 introduced that Col Bailey, 85, has handed away after a protracted sickness.







Colin Raymond “Col” Bailey (born 1937 in Adelaide, Australia) was an Australian naturalist and Thylacine fanatic. He firmly believed within the continued existence of the species and wrote three books on Thylacines describing sightings and the proof of their presence. He grew up on a farm in rural South Australia. As a result of Bailey’s exceptional curiosity within the Tasmanian tiger he later moved to Tasmania the place he lived on the time of his dying. Though he looked for the Thylacine for over 50 years, he solely moved to New Norfolk, Tasmania, along with his spouse Lexia in 1990.

In 2005, one of many yr’s largest story involved pictures that have been by no means printed. In March, 2005, unpublished pictures of a supposed residing Tasmanian thylacine have been all the fashion within the Australian press. The Tasmanian Authorities appealed to a Victorian man, who claimed to have pictures of a dwell Tasmanian Tiger, or Thylacine, to make them out there for forensic examination.

The person’s brother – described solely as a vacationer visiting from Germany, reportedly stumbled throughout the animal, presumed extinct for nearly 70 years, earlier that yr within the Tasmanian wilderness. The person stated his brother had used a digital digital camera to snap two footage exhibiting the animal’s distinctive striped again. The images have been briefly proven to the director of the Tasmanian Museum and Artwork Gallery, Invoice Bleathman, and a wildlife biologist with the state’s Division of Major Industries, Nick Mooney, who agreed the fuzzy photographs most likely did present a Tasmanian Tiger.

However when additional examinations have been denied, claims of a hoax or a intelligent pc enhancement surfaced.

The Australian media then quoted Col Bailey, who had his personal sighting in 1967, as saying he was “very skeptical” of digital footage, not solely as a result of he had seen too many fakes, however as a result of he has even fabricated his personal to show how straightforward they’re to make.

After all of the media consideration, the German vacationer merely went underground.

Bailey made some vital historic discoveries (see right here) linking the Churchill cabin (pictured above) with the seize of the final Thylacine, Benjamin (seen beneath).


On 7 September 1936 solely two months after the species was granted protected standing, “Benjamin,” the final recognized thylacine, died from publicity on the Beaumaris Zoo in Hobart.


Col Bailey’s books

51YMB0E4JAL._SY328_BO1,204,203,200_Tiger Tales (2001)


Shadow of the Thylacine (2010)


Lure of the Thylacine (2013)


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In 2016, Bailey was interviewed by The Weekly Occasions’ reporter Sarah Hudson, reflecting on his final days within the quest. He couldn’t go on the lengthy hikes any longer, however stated “a number of occasions he has heard their name within the bush, the final time in 2008.”

Col has additionally develop into the unofficial level of contact for others who’ve skilled sightings, with lots of of stories through the years. “I’d say about 10 per cent of these are spot on. You must choose the individual and whether or not they’re real,” he stated.

At one level he’d obtain about 30 stories a yr, however by 2016, it has dropped to about 5.

“It’s inconceivable to say why. Possibly there are much less tigers left, however I consider the animal has moved additional again into the wilderness,” Col stated six years in the past. “There are huge, untapped areas of Tasmania, tough areas, the place nobody goes, which I feel is an efficient factor.”

Col Bailey sounded philosophical in direction of the top.

“It’s higher they’re left on their very own they usually survive.”








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