In 1940 there was an account of the Mexican Ruffed Cat by zoologist Ivan Sanderson.. He obtained a large, tough cat skin from local people. The skin was about 6 feet( 2 metres) from nose-tip with a short 1.5 feet( 45 cm) tail.( Bear in mind pelts can stretch or shrink depending on how they are dried). The flanks and upper limbs had a series of wavy stripes in alternate light and dark shades of brown. The lower limbs were very dark brown, almost black as was the tail. The cat also had a large ruff that started just behind the shoulders and encircled the neck and covered the ears from above and behind. A second skin of a smaller specimen was obtained but found to be in poor condition, but had sharper stripes. They were stored with other skins in Sanderson's base, but the base got flooded and the skins lost or ruined. Several candidates have been put forward including the extinct Samilodon (sabre-tooth tiger) . Sabre toothed animals have been depicted by indigenous Indians in their art work. However this does not mean they have been seen recently but could simply be the stories of them are still alive and passed on through the generations. .
In 1966 a report of a sabre-toothed cat came from South America, by naturalist Peter Matthiessen While in
"[He] described a rare striped cat not quite so large as a jaguar and very timid, which is possessed of two very large protruding teeth : this animal, he said, occurs in the mountain jungles of
(N.B. Science Illustrée of September 1998 reports an observation by a French sailor, François Piquet , of a sabre-toothed cat in
In 1975 a "mutant jaguar" was shot and killed in
( N.B. Cryptozoologist Bernard Heuvelmans wrote that sabre-toothed tigers, like Smilodon, may be involved in such sightings, but it's more likely that the Thylacosmilidae, extinct sabre-toothed marsupials indigenous to
In 1975 in Chad Africa, Christian Le Noel was leading a game hunt from
So could there be a remnant of the sabre toothed cat still around or even a hybrid, the result of interbreeding? Anything is possible . I just wonder why no one seems to have pursued the research for their existence , which is more likely than a living dinosaur in Africa or
1998 Le félin aux dents de sabre. Science Illustrée, n° 9 : 62 (septembre).
Le Noel ,Christian 1999 On Target : History and Hunting In Central Africa Trophy Room Books; Limited edition
Matthiessen, Peter 1966 The Cloud Forest Pyramid Books
A P.S. : News that a Scottish wild cat swims to island. Seems cats are quite aquatic!