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Thylacine: Should we just let it be?

Posted by on May 31, 2012 at 2:44 AM 3256 Views

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Reply Wendy
10:48 PM on June 9, 2014 
This is a very important and wise commentary on the situation with the Thylacine. Thank you for bringing this debate out for every one to consider. There is way more to this matter than just proving the Thylacine or Swamp Dog (as the traditional Australians referred to him) is alive and well!

I have struggled with this same inner dialogue for most of my life. Do we reveal this creature out of our enthusiasm to see him ?returned? from the dead?.? Out of our own need for the rush of excitement that would ensue? Or would this be the most detrimental thing we could inflict upon such a shy and elusive animal who until now has asked for nothing except to be left alone.

Over the years I have had continuing conversations with myself and the thylacines or swamp dogs that walk their ancient pathways around my home. I have felt that they chose to remain hidden to the general public, only revealing themselves from time to time to certain people, to remind us of their story. While they remain officially extinct, they carry a powerful lesson about the stupidity, arrogance and blatant destruction of governments and industry that use and abuse the environment as if it is sustainable and replaceable or even their own personal property to make such decisions about. That is a huge mark of shame on these entities in the past and a warning to the same governments and corporations of today.
But now, the tide has turned. The threat to the habitats of not only the thylacine but all Australia wildlife and flora is real and imminent. Mining, logging, chemical assaults and water abuse, and the latest ? fracking - have the natural landscape reeling under the human assault. Perhaps the thylacine has decided it is time to emerge from the shadows and be the advocate for all of our landscapes, our forests, our amazing and unique flora and fauna. Perhaps it is the Thylacine, by revealing his presence, who will help us to protect the habitats that are critical to his own existence. Catch 22 almost. He can hide and lose the native bush that protects his identity. Or he can come out and help us to fight for him and lose his anonymity and privacy.

Big question. I have always felt the need to protect the identity and location of this most mysterious of marsupials. But now, he appears on my cameras and in many places around my home, to show me that perhaps ?it is time?. Where once his footprints would lead past my cameras and they would not even be triggered to take a single frame, now he leaves tantalizing glimpses that say ?I am here?. And maybe that is something we need to consider. Maybe with great sensitivity and respect and care, we can guide this unique and ancient creature out into the limelight so that he and all Australian wildlife have a future.