(1949) New South Wales:
made by experienced scientists cannot easily be dismissed. This is
true of the Paramonov sighting. Dr. S. J. Paramonov was a Russian
scientist employed by the CSIRO.
In 1949, he observed a strange animal near the Warrego River in NSW.
Paramonov (1968) recorded
his observations in the Western Australian Naturalist. He
"During the CSIRO
Entomological Expedition, November 1949, I had the good fortune of seeing
the animal on the route from Bourke to Wanaaring, in an uninhabited area
a few miles past the Warrego River, where I was collecting on the right-hand
side of the road, only a few yards from the road. It was 11 am, and
I observed the animal for 1-2 minutes from a distance of about 15-20 metres;
it ran along the sand which was covered with some very small bushes, the
rest of the area being sandy.
I saw the animal
from a somewhat oblique angle, and the head was not clearly visible.
Its size was that of a medium-sized dog, and the body proportions were
also dog-like; it was uniformly grey-brown, with short hair; the strange
tail, extremely wide at the base, seemed to be a continuation of the hindquarters;
the hind leg was strongly marked with almost black horizontal stripes.
dog-like, it was not Canid, because of the structure of the hind part of
the body. The most remarkable feature was the strange manner of running:
although the animal was swinging regularly sideways, the hind part of the
body made a kind of bobbing up and down movement; the impression was as
if the animal was drunk, as I had never seen anything like it. I
hoped to find some specific characteristics from the footprints, but the
sandy soil did not show them up; they were of the size of a medium-sized
I made all the observations
with great care, hoping to discuss the animal with my colleagues, but they
unfortunately had been collecting on the opposite side of the road, and
had not seen it. Later, back in Canberra, I came across an illustration
of the Tasmanian Tiger, and immediately recognised it as the animal I had
observed on my trip.
The discovery of
in the area of Eucla, and my observation of the live specimen, convinces
me that the animal still exists on the mainland of Australia".
We will close this subsection
with the thoughts of Athol Douglas (1990), in which he states:
"It is very probable
that relict, cryptic populations of this important Australian mammal still
survive on mainland Australia, and have done so since European colonisation".