The snake cat {photograph} (©
unknown to me, regardless of in-depth searches made by me on-line; AI-generated, through
individual(s) unknown to me – reproduced right here on a strictly non-commercial Honest Use
foundation for instructional/overview functions solely)

Throughout early
March 2023, I observed a sure, very eyecatching {photograph} doing the rounds
on social media and inciting all method of hypothesis as to the creature that it
portrayed. As seen above, it’s a close-up head-and-shoulders picture of a really
spectacular cat, ornately adorned with vivid black and yellow markings.

Based on claims
accompanying this photograph, the animal is a South American snake cat, as much as 50 cm (20
in) lengthy, weighing as a lot as 4 kg (9 lb), and allegedly the world’s rarest species
of untamed cat, regardless of the claims additionally stating that it exists in quite a lot of
totally different nations, together with
Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Guyana,
French Guiana, and Suriname.

Inside its ostensibly expansive distribution vary, this
unique beast seemingly exists solely in essentially the most distant, inaccessible Amazon
jungle areas, is poorly studied, and was not even photographed within the wild
state till 2020. But the snake cat is supposedly well-known to the indigenous locals,
who generally even rear and tame cubs to make use of in preserving their properties freed from its
venomous serpentine namesakes and different undesirable creatures.

Taking a look at this single extraordinary photograph – my subsequent
investigations swiftly revealed that there have been no different purported snake cat
photographs on-line – I had little doubt that it was a pretend, as I had by no means
encountered any info in any way of this mysterious mammal, but I felt
sure that such a visually-arresting beast could be extensively (and
scientifically) documented on-line and elsewhere if it have been certainly actual.

Lastly, courtesy of a Mexican article, I found the
reality. As revealed in a Chihuahua
information report from 14 March 2023 (click on right here to entry it), the snake cat is
wholly fictitious, with its distinctive photograph truly being an AI (Synthetic
Intelligence) creation. Quelle shock!

Trying once more at its distinctive markings, I believe it
seemingly that photographs of a giant and really acquainted, wide-ranging species of North
American amphibian often known as the tiger salamander Ambystoma tigrinum, whose vivid yellow and black markings readily
recall the snake cat’s, could have performed an element on this non-existent entity’s photographic


A tiger salamander
(public area)


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