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thylacine meets spaniel

I’ve seen this photo several times, but every time I’ve seen it, the left-hand side was always cut off.

Now that I see the full photo, you can see what was going here.

Someone wanted to introduce his spaniel (an English springer, by my estimation) to a captive thylacine.

I guess this would be the equivalent of a human meeting a Klingon or a Vulcan for the first time.

“You’re similar, but you’re not the same!”




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Spaniel worrying ducks, 1821

Painting by James Ward:

Tate; (c) Tate; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

The white coloration tells us that these are tame ducks, and those ducklings certainly don’t look safe!

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Tibetan antelope (Pantholops hodgsonii).

The following account of two “strange deerhounds” comes from Large game shooting in Thibet, the Himalayas, Northern and Central India (1892) by Alexander Angus Airlie Kinloch. The author is out hunting a Tibetan antelope in very rough country, but he is unable to do so without the assistance of his two gun dogs, creatures that most British sportsmen would have relegated to small game hunting:

On the second evening I found a herd on some terraced ground, and placing myself in a favorable position, waited for them to feed up to me. A fine buck at length came within one hundred and fifty yards, and when he was broadside on, I fired steadily at him; he fell to the shot, but was up again directly and made after the others. Having reloaded, I followed him and fired both barrels within easy distance, but I was so blown with running that only one of my bullets hit him, and it only grazed his foreleg. The first bullet had struck him high up in the hip and passed through the intestines, part of which were hanging out, but in spite of this he seemed to recover strength and went off at a great pace, luckily in the direction of camp. I followed as fast as I could, but was soon left far behind. I sent to camp for my two dogs (a retriever and a spaniel), and contented myself with watching the buck, who soon lay down in the middle of an open plain. On the arrival of the dogs I approached him, on which he got up and went off at a very fair pace. I hallooed on the dogs, who quickly entered into the spirit of the thing and gave chase. Antelope and dogs soon disappeared in a ravine, and on running up to the bank I had the satisfaction of seeing the buck on the ground, and the two dogs barking at him; strange deerhounds! but they did their work well. The kill took place not three-quarters of a mile from camp (pg. 151).


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This is a sixteenth century drawing that appears in Drury’s British Dogs, Their Points, Selection, And Show Preparation (1903).

The dogs are said to be water spaniels in the text.

However, it is unlikely.

It is true that two of those dogs look something like Irish water spaniels in body type.

However, the fact that the dogs are being used to assist hawkers has my suspicions raised.

The early land spaniels were the dogs most often used by falconers and hawkers. They would flush the birds, rabbits, and hares out of the cover.  The raptors would then catch them.

They may be hunting ducks with these “water spaniels.”  That reason may be why they are using hawks.

It is possible, but my educated guess is these men are using some earlier form of land spaniel.

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