Thylacine Sculpture

Thylacine sculpture, Nannup Tiger , Flint Edwards, public art

Public Art : Thylacine Sculpture

Also known as : Nannup Tiger sculpture

Sculptor: © Flint Edwards

Description: A carved Thylacine painted brown atop a tree stump in honour of the elusive Nannup Tiger. A Thylacine is more commonly known as the Tasmanian Tiger and was a carnivorous marsupial. Despite being extinct for over two hundred years on Australia's mainland there have been numerous sightings in Nannup of a Thylacine, which is referred to as the Nannup Tiger and is now very much entrenched in local folklore.

Date Unveiled: 2003

Location: Across the road from the Nannup Tourist Centre, Nannup, Western Australia.

Inscription:

Thylacine Sculpture
(Nannup Tiger)

Sponsored by the 2003 Nannup Music Festival and created by artist Flint Edwards.

This sculpture celebrates local folklore of existence of this creature in the forests of Nannup.

 

NANNUP TIGER

"The Thylacine was the largest known carnivorous marsupial. Being marsupial, it belonged to the same family as the kangaroo, the Tasmanian devil and the native cat."

The area around Nannup is famous for its unconfirmed sightings of the "Nannup Tiger" or the (Thylacinus cynocephalus - "striped wolf dog's head").
The Thylacine was once native to the entire Australian continent until the advent of the dingo, which competed for the same habitat. The Thylacine is now officially extinct.

The Thylacine was the largest known carnivorous marsupial,Being marsupial, it belonged to the same family as the kangaroo, the Tasmanian devil and the native cat." Young marsupials are reared in their mother's pouch. They are born in a very immature form and are immediately attached to their mother's teat. Being carnivorous, the Thylacine fed on meat of their own killing.

The sightings around Nannup describe the Thylacine as about the size of an adult Labrador dog, with a large head and massive jaws, upright ears and a long stiff tail. Its colour has been described as yellow, brown or mustard with distinctive dark stripes. The footprint is distinctive, being different from a dog, cat or fox.


Nannup Tiger Trivia :

The most recent sighting of the Nannup Tiger was in the late 1990's by a Department of Conservation and Land Management officer.

Several websites offer a reward for anyone who can snap a photo of the elusive beast.

At one stage some locals go so sick and tired of tourists asking about the Nannup Tiger, they painted stripes on a sheep, added a tail and left it in a paddock along the main road.

There has been evidence found in the Mammoth Cave near Margaret River that Thylacines roamed the area several thousands of years ago.

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