Historical Account #15: The Striped Marsupial Cat

“The cat, which was most aggressive, leaped like a flash on to the dog’s shoulder and stuck its teeth into the back of the neck,”

The Australasian – VIC – 11th May 1929.

The following articles provide some discussion on the presence of a rare “striped” marsupial cat, a popular topic in the 1920s. Also, another detailed description of the aggression of the animal which appears consistent with encounters of these animals. Distinction is made of this “striped cat” from what appears to be obvious specimens of the Quoll species, also commonly referred to as a “native cat”. Connections are further made between the striped cat and the fossils of Thylacoleo spp.

The Australasian – VIC – 8th June 1929 (Source: trove.nla.gov.au)

The Australasian – VIC – 11th May 1929 (Source: trove.nla.gov.au))
The Australasian – VIC – 8th June 1929 (Source: trove.nla.gov.au)

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