Fake Thylacine Footage

Posted by: Loren Coleman on April 25th, 2012

Over two months ago I wrote about the new movie The Hunter and made a logical prediction. I noted: “One concern I did have as I was watching the movie was if I was going to see the scene of the Thylacine on a hill replayed, separately, on YouTube in someone’s fake footage that they claim they captured of a Tassie Tiger?”

Now it appears to have had already happened. Declaring itself “BREAKING NEWS: Tasmanian Tiger Filmed In Central Tasmania 2012,” someone has taken a direct clip from The Hunter, which was uploaded to YouTube, apparently, in February. It’s fake, it’s from the movie, and it’s not funny.

Thanks to Sharon Hill and Darren Naish for bringing this “footage” to my attention.

Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.

9 Responses to “Fake Thylacine Footage”

  1. David-Australia responds:

    Just as an aside, the opening scene shows Dixons Kingdom Hut (I’ve been there).

  2. DWA responds:

    Wow! Willem Dafoe! I didn’t think he was real!

    Man, I hope that footage looks less lame in the movie.

  3. Loren Coleman responds:

    The footage, in context, from a distance, makes a lot of sense in this very strong movie about searching for cryptids.

  4. PoeticsOfBigfoot responds:

    Don’t look to YouTube for proof of anything. It’s like going to the circus to learn about animal behavior.

  5. Hapa responds:

    Well darn that spoils everything! I’m not viewing the above footage until I see the Movie first. Ticks me off that someone put the climax of a major motion picture out on youtube before most get the chance to see it (Including me! arrrrgggghhhh!)

  6. DWA responds:

    Hapa: as I noted it looks utterly lame pulled out of context.

    I get a funny feeling you won’t feel the experienced diminished by this when you see it in the movie.

  7. Ragnar responds:

    Ha, without knowing it was from a movie I would have said “it looks like a movie”. The footage is too good to be anything but a professional production. Not jerky enough, not blurry enough.

  8. aenea responds:

    For the fun of it, I commented on his youtube channel yesterday. But when I looked today, my comment was gone! Wonder why. haha.

  9. Opalman responds:

    @PoeticsOfBigfoot: What does the venue have to do with the quality of report or accuracy of a presumption? I’ve seen a great deal of very edifying information on Youtube.

    Looking at the documentary: I fail to see how anyone can mistake the tail in any of the poor quality, blurry films as being that of a fox. Every video shown depicts a tail twice as long (proportionally) as any fox’s tail I’ve ever seen. Also foxes hold their tails out but down, almost touching the ground when they bolt. Looks like a case of unscientific skepticism getting in the way of serious research. The final extinction (if it hasn’t already happened) likely depends on locating a thylacine and engineering an aggressive captive breeding program.

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