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Pamá-yawá Coudray

The "tapir tiger" is so named not because of of its physical appearance, but because, due to its size, it is the only animal in Ecuador capable of preying on tapirs. It is described as "very large" and "a uniformly dark grey coloured animal the size of an Amazonian tapir" with paws of enormous proportions. A (diminutive) Wapula hunter named Pedro Anan Churuwia claimed that one pawprint was as big as both of his hands.[1] Based on sightings, it is semi-aquatic.

The sighting lasted ten minutes during which the animal came out of the river and walked lazily on a sandy beach before disapearing from view. He claims it was around 2 m long and 1.30 m in shoulder height. On seeing it, a Shuar guide who was accompayning him exclaimed: pamá-yawá![1]

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