I've been a bit suspicious of the two-stage nature of using a thermal scope: find the animal then illuminate for ID (I don't know if you've read any of Vladimir Dinets's descriptions of his adventures but having seen his claims for a night-time walk in Oxfordshire I'm certain its 99% BS.) But if the price is right I could be tempted, just for actual finding it seems miraculous.It is good eating. A stall, within walking distance, has starting selling it. You help yourself and transfer the money, They've made a fair bit out of us recently. Was a thermal scope on your Christmas list? I think is a game-changer. I'm going to get one as soon as I'm confident of travel. I wish we'd had one in the Western Sahara.
I've been used to using passive night vision though and that gives you a decent monochrome view with eyeshine from the near-infra-red torch built in: I can walk paths with my monocular to one eye and spot what's going on, so the decision about what to carry isn't straightforward.
Anyway, bottom line: yeah, maybe at some point.