Out past the houses the land falls away into a steep gorge. The local urban myth has it that a strange cat like animal lives down in depths hidden in the dense undergrowth. Speculation suggests that the animal is a thylacine.
The last thylacine died in captivity in a Tasmanian zoo in the 1930s yet sightings are frequently reported both on the island of Tasmania and along the southern coast of mainland Australia where I live.
Walking out to the gorge last week the weather was cold and wintery. As the misty weather swirled around me I was inclined to believe the legends are true.
I thought I saw one once and wrote a haibun about it on an old blog I no longer have. I will search for it tomorrow and reblog it. For now I’ll post this Youtube vIdeo someone posted of filmed evidence