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Tshenkutshen Coudray

Illustration of the tshenkutshen by Philippe Coudray.

The tshenkutshen, rainbow tiger, or rainbow jaguar is a cryptid, apparently a cat, reported from "the Trans-Cutucú region, Sierra de Cutucú and the Sangay Volcano area near Chiguaza," in Ecuador. Resembling a jaguar with either a black or a white speckled coat, it is said to have stripes of red, yellow, and white across its chest - hence its English name - as well as monkey-like, flat-palmed hands, very muscled arms, and a hump on its shoulders.

It is described as an extremely dangerous, arboreal animal which can leap from tree to tree with ease. One was allegedly shot and killed in 1959 in the montane rainforest of Cerro Kilamo by Policarpio Rivadeneira, whilst doing exactly this.


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  • Eberhart, George (2002) Mysterious Creatures: A Guide to Cryptozoology
  • Shuker, Karl (2012) Cats of Magic, Mythology and Mystery