Other names: Mutant jaguar
Country reported: Paraguay

The Acavar specimen was a big cat or water tiger allegedly killed in 1975 and identified by zoologist Juan Acavar as a Smilodon.[1]

After being shot and killed, it was examined by zoologist Juan Acavar, who determined it to be a living species of Smilodon. However, to avoid causing any hysteria, he declared that it was a mutant jaguar.[2]

More recently, there has been speculation that the animal was actually Thylacosmilus. However, Thylacosmilus looked signicantly different, and is believed to have gone extinct much earlier than Smilodon.[2]

Notes and references

  1. Eberhart, George (2002) Mysterious Creatures: A Guide to Cryptozoology
  2. 2.0 2.1 Shuker, Karl (1989) Mystery Cats of the World