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Country reported: Ecuador

The shiashia-yawá is a cryptid felid reported from Ecuador by the Shuar people to Spanish cryptozoologist Angel Morant Forés.[1]

Description

According to the Shuar informants, the shiashia-yawá is "a spotted cat white in colour and smaller than a jaguar (Panthera onca) but bigger than an ocelot (Felis pardalis). An old Shuar from Sevilla-Don Bosco, Carlos Pichama, told [Forés] the fur of the shiashia is covered by solid black spots which are more tighly packed than the rosettes typical of jaguars". Another animal described by the Shuar, the tshenkutshen, is said to resemble the shiashia-yawá in its pelage.[1]

Sightings

Undated

Forés "collected two eyewitness reports from people who claimed to have killed this animal in the past".[1]

Theories

Forés noted that this animal may simply be an albino jaguar. However, the informants uniformly described it as being smaller than a jaguar.[1]

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