Siemels Mystery

Unknown CAT of South America.

Physical description: Heavily built. Fawn coat with brown spots. Dark stripe along the spine.

Distribution: Mato Grosso State, Brazil.

Significant sighting: Adventurer Sasha Siemel shot a cat of this description in the 1930s or 1940s.

Present status: Only one known specimen, not preserved.

Possible explanation: A Puma (Puma concolor) x Jaguar (Panthera onca) intergeneric hybrid, proposed by Siemel. However, most inter-generic hybrids are bred in captivity and are not found in the wild.

Sources: Sasha Siemel, Tigrero! (New York: Prentice-Hall, 1953); Richard Perry, The World of the Jaguar (New York: Taplinger, 1970); Karl Shuker, Mystery Cats ofthe World (London: Robert Hale, 1989), pp. 196-197.

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