THE Tasmanian tiger appeared to Col Bailey for the second time in 1995, while he was taking a leak in the bush.
``It shot out of some ferns behind me - I thought it was a cattle dog at first,'' he said.
``But then I was face-to-face with the darn thing.''
Mr Bailey said an old bushman had told him exactly which part of the Weld River Valley he would find the fabled creature.
``But I just went into lock down,'' he said.