Andean Cat

The Andean Cat (Oreailurus jacobita) is also known as the Andean Mountain Cat. Its habitat and appearance make it the small cat analogue of the snow leopard. It is only about the size of a domestic cat. It appears larger because of its long tail and silvery-gray, striped and spotted long fur. It is one of the least known and most rare of all felines. Almost all that is known about it comes from a few observations in the wild and from skins. There are none in captivity. It is believed to live only in the high Andes Mountains. It lives in Peru, Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina. They have been sighted at elevations of 16,732 ft (5,100 m), well above the tree line. They are often killed in Chile and Bolivia because of local superstition.