He is known for being the “smallest cat in the Americas”. Now, thanks to National Geographic's Photo Ark project, we also already know how it sounds.
The Chilean cat (Leopardus guigna) is known to be the smallest cat in the American continent and can be found in the temperate forests of Chile and Argentina.
Recently, as the site tells Live Science, this rare species joined the 10,000 already photographed for the Photo Ark project, a National Geographic database to celebrate animal biodiversity.
In addition to Joel Sartore's photographs, the photo session also produced what will be the first known recording of this feline's “voice”, which, curiously, resembles the chirping of a bird.
According to the website IFLScience, the specimen photographed belongs to the Andean Fauna, a wildlife reserve and rehabilitation center in Chile.
According to Animal Diversity Web, a database maintained by the Museum of Zoology at the University of Michigan, the Chilean cat weighs between two and three kilograms and is up to 52 centimeters in length. It has large claws and paws, which helps it climb trees.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature's Red List (IUCN) places the two known subspecies of Leopardus guigna in the group of vulnerable to extinction, largely because of the reduction of their habitat.