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A giant ground sloth compared to a human.

In 1831, two sailors reported seeing a giant kangaroo in a cove in Dusky Sound in Fiordland, New Zealand; they observed it from a small boat, watching it eat the foliage until it noticed them. It jumped into the water and swam away, leaving a wake extending from one end of the sound to the other.


Even more bizarre was a story, also reported to the Collector of Customs in Sydney when the Sydney Packet returned home in 1831. One of the ship's gangs which had been stationed at Dusky Sound told of the discovery of an enormous animal of the kangaroo species.
The men had been boating in a cove in some quiet part of the inlet where the rocks shelved from the water's edge up to the bushline. Looking up they saw a strange animal perching at the edge of the bush nibbling the foliage. It stood on its hind legs, the lower part of its body curving into a thick pointed tail, and when they took note of the height it reached against the trees, allowing five feet for the tail, they estimated it stood nearly thirty feet in height!
The men were to windward of the animal and were able to watch it feeding for some time before it spotted them. They watched it pull down a heavy branch with comparative ease, turn it over and tilt it up to reach the leaves it wanted. When it finally saw them, the animal stood watching the men for a short time, then made one almighty leap from the edge of the bush towards the water's edge. There it landed on all fours but immediately stood erect before making another great leap into the water. The men were able to measure the first jump and found it covered twenty yards. They watched the animal plough its way down the Sound at tremendous speed, its wake extending from one side of the Sound to the other.
Here again one is tempted to think the rum was talking, and for an Australian going away from home for months on end, what other animal would stir the imagination but a kangaroo? But how much more romantic to think that perhaps they really had seen some prehistoric animal living out its days in the remote fastnesses of the West Coast Sounds.


If this cryptid were to be real it would most likely be a species of giant ground sloth as they could grow taller than 4 meters, having a similar physique to kangaroos. No evidence of native kangaroos or sloths has been found in New Zealand. Perhaps kangaroos or similar marsupials floated on rafts of vegetation and evolved in New Zealand. Or descendants of Therizinosaurs could be the explanation.