Beast of Buderim’s back on the prowl
THE Buderim Beast has reared its mangy head again. Or has it?
Sue Smith was standing in her kitchen when she looked out the window and spotted something stripy.
She's convinced it was the elusive Buderim Beast roaming on her Diddillibah property about 8.30am on Wednesday.
"I was in the kitchen when we first saw it. Then we went onto the veranda and could see it from there," she said.
"Initially, he was quite close to the road under some trees, then went back under the fence.
"It was amazing."
Ms Smith saw a similar animal a few months ago, which she initially thought was the Buderim Beast, but at second look she's sure it was a fox.
This time, she snapped photographic evidence of the beast.
"It looked like a fox the first time, but this time we were watching it and it had a longer body and the tail wasn't so bushy," she said.
"It was a funny shape. It was just different."
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It's a fox or a dog, simple as that. Weirdos.
That's a Thylacine! How can you not see that?
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Upon seeing the photo, Queensland Museum collection manager Heather Janetzki said Thylacines were extinct and what Ms Smith saw was more likely to be a mangy fox.
"In my opinion it looks like a fox with the black behind ears and reddish fur," she said.
"It looks like some sort of mange on its backside to give those markings and the silhouette doesn't quite fit the shape of a thylacine either."
The animal remained about 50m away and hung around for about 10 minutes before fleeing into the trees.
Ms Smith was surprised to see it wandering around during the day. "It wasn't hurrying along the paddock, it was sniffing around," she said.
Long-term residents of the Buderim area recall many reported sightings of the mythical creature, believed to be a relative of the Tasmanian Tiger or Thylacine, sliding silently through the trees and underbrush of the EJ Foote Memorial Sanctuary, Buderim Forest Park and along the banks of Martins Creek.
It is often described as looking like a fox with mange or a combination of a kangaroo and a dog.
It is silver in colour with very short, mangy fur and distinct black stripes