Speckled Jaguar

Mystery Cat of South America.

Variant names: Cunarid din (Wapishána/ Arawakan), Speckled tiger.

Physical description: Gray, covered with solid black speckles. The same size as a jaguar, which grows to about 5 feet long. Robust canine teeth.

Habitat: Montane forest at an altitude of 1,600 feet.

Distribution: Lower Río Palcazú, Pasco Department, Peru; Río Rupununi area around Dadawawa, Guyana.

Significant sightings: On two occasions, once in the early 1970s and again in 1991, hunters were said to have killed specimens of this cat in Peru.

Possible explanations: An aberrant Jaguar (Panthera onca), an undescribed morph, or a completely new species.

Sources: Stanley E. Brock, Hunting in the Wilderness (London: Robert Hale, 1963); Peter J. Hocking, "Large Peruvian Mammals Unknown to Zoology," Cryptozoology 11 (1992): 38-50; Peter J. Hocking, "Further investigation into Unknown Peruvian Mammals," Cryptozoology 12 (1996): 50-57.

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