Here’s story that is right out of Antiques Road Show:
Bill Warren of Fallbrook, California, purchased a unusual pelt for $5.
After doing some research online, he thinks it is a thylacine pelt, which isvalued at around $70,000.
But he can’t sell it out of state because of federal law that bans he sale of endangered species.
Which is very strange, because this species is “officially extinct.”
The original owner purchased the skin 30 years ago in Boston, but no one had really thought it might be something unique.
However, I hate to be a naysayer here, but Loren Coleman at Cryptomundo thinks we should another possiblity– the zebra duiker:
Zebra duikers are small antelopes native to Liberia and Cote d’Ivoire in West Africa.
Liberia historically has had close connections to the US. 1822. the American Colonization Society brought free African Americans to Liberia to settle in West Africa. Although Liberia has been a free nation since 1847, it has always had close connections to the United States.
It would make sense that a skin of a zebra duiker would make it to Boston. Boston is a major port, and its community would have included various sorts of people who would have traveled to Liberia, be they industrialists, missionaries, or just good, old-fashioned academics.
It would make more sense that a zebra duiker pelt would be in Boston garage sale than a thylacine.
Anyway, we won’t know until more sophisticated analysis of the pelt is performed.
But my hunch is it is a zebra duiker.