THE myth of the Buderim Beast has lurked in the town for years, and a sighting last week had many scratching their heads.
Long-term residents of the Buderim area have reported sightings of the mythical creature, believed to be a relative of the tasmanian tiger or thylacine, sliding silently through the trees and underbrush of the E.J. Foote Memorial Sanctuary, Buderim Forest Park and along the banks of Martins Creek.
However, when Sue Smith and her son Wesley thought they'd found the creature lurking in their Diddillibah neighbourhood last week, they kept an eye out to see if it would appear again.
Sure enough, it did, but it turns out that dark, creepy figure hanging out in grassland was simply a mangy fox and not a thylacine as hoped.'
"Unfortunately it wasn't the Buderim Beast," Ms Smith said.
"I was disappointed. I thought it was a tasmanian tiger."
New photos snapped by Wesley clearly show a fox, cunning enough to have deceived many on the Coast.
Ms Smith said she hoped the myth-buster wouldn't quash the legend of the Buderim Beast for the town.
She noted a Buderim school that used to sell "Buderim Beast Poo" (chocolate sultanas) for fundraisers.
For now, the legend of the Buderim Beast remains just that.
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