Re: Australian Extinct Animals
Grant O'Neil (poneilgdo@ALPHA2.CURTIN.EDU.AU)
Wed, 10 Dec 1997 02:42:09 +0800
At 09:10 9/12/97 +1030, you wrote:
>Sorry to do this, but there is some information here, that I know is wrong.
>I hate having to correct people....
>>Rat Kangaroo (Bettong), last seen in 1923; belong on the list. However,
>>the Tasmanian Wolf (also called the Thylacine or Tasmanian Tiger) is
>>still with us. Point your browsers to:
>Uh, I saw the bettong on on Rottness Island just of the Western Australian
>Coast in 1992. Have seen some and they are actually a traffic hazzard.
>...But mabye our Western Australian Grant could confirm for us if the
>bettong has not died out in three years.
Heck, you're putting me on the spot here! All I knew of on Rottnest are
Quokkas, but for all I know they might be a variety of Bettong. I'm afraid
I'm not much of a Harry Butler...
For what it's worth, the name of the island Rottnest was from Dutch
explorer Willem de Vlamingh who saw all the Quokkas on the island and
mistook them for rats; the name is simply the dutch for Rat's Nest.
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