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Amazon Striped Tiger by SkyJaguar Amazon Striped Tiger by SkyJaguar
In Peru there are reports of a big cat the size of a jaguar or larger that is tannish-colored and has stripes similar to those of a tiger. The missionary and wildlife researcher Peter Hocking has allegedly come to possess a skull from one of these "striped tigers."

The zoologist Darren Naish says that the skull of the striped tiger does not appear to be from a jaguar, nor from a true tiger from Asia. He suggests that the striped tiger of Peru may be a bona fide new species of big cat.

Read Darren Naish's blog about this cryptid here.

Note: I do not necessarily agree with Naish's suggestion that this is a new species. I find it likely that the specimen was in fact a normal Asian tiger. But it's fun to imagine!
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kustom65 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, interesting -- I wonder if it might be a large 'house' cat?
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SkyJaguar Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
Personally I think it was an Asian tiger escaped from captivity, and that Darren Naish was just being over enthusiastic with his identification.
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kustom65 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Would be awesome if it was a unknown striped breed (or sub-species) of jaguar

After all, it's only six years since a 'new' species of clouded leopard was identified in Indonesia.
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SkyJaguar Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
Yeah... but specimens of the "new" clouded leopard had already been found many times. It was just identified as a new species based on its DNA.
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kustom65 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
That's right, it's only recently that it's been recognised and declared as a new species.

It's funny what constitutes a 'species' when it comes to big cats, considering they can almost all interbreed with varying levels of viability.
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fishsaurus Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011
striped tiger? I thought all tigers had stripes XD
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SkyJaguar Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011
In South and Central America, jaguars are often referred to as "tigers." But in cryptozoology there is a rumor that a "striped tiger" also lurks in the Amazon.
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FaPingMulan Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2010
looks awesome
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Kirk-Hammett Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2007
Very nice sketch! I love the alert posture!
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KittyRose Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
Lovely Work
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