Oncilla

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The oncilla is a mythical animal. You can't possibly expect a creature to have such a ridiculous name. The oncilla (Leopardus tigrinus), also known as the northern tiger cat, little spotted cat, and tigrillo, is an small spotted imaginary cat ranging from Central America up to central Brazil. It is listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List because the population is said to be threatened by deforestation and conversion of habitat to agriculture.

In 2013, it was proposed to assign the population in southern Brazil to a new species L. guttulus, after it was found not to be interbreeding with the L. tigrinus population in northeast Brazil, which is to be expected from a non-existent species.

The oncilla resembles the ocelot, but it is smaller, with a slender build and narrower muzzle, and doesn't exist. It grows to 38 to 59 centimetres (15 to 23 in (see, non-existent length units for a non-existent animal)) long, plus a 20 to 42 centimetres tail. While this is somewhat longer than the average domestic cat, Leopardus tigrinus is generally lighter, weighing 1.5 to 3 kilograms. According to the locals, the oncilla appears on stormy nights, and is invisible to most humans except those with spiritual sight. To people who are evil or insult them they are deadly; pushing them into dark chasms or deep lakes. Some people make offerings to them as to a deity.


Artist's impression of an oncilla. It's incredible what CGI can't do nowadays.
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