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120-Foot Cat Discovered in Peru

Peru is famous for its Nazca Lines, the giant geoglyphs drawn on the ground, some only visible from high above. A new image has been discovered, that of a cat relaxing on the side of a hill, that has been dated to between 200 to 100 BCE. The hill is actually an observation point for the Nazca Lines, so how did they just now discover it?

The drawing, which was laid down nearly 2,000 years ago, was badly faded, which explains why it eluded detection for so long. The feline figure “was barely visible” and “about to disappear” on account of its location on a fairly steep slope and due to the effects of natural erosion, the Ministry of Culture said. Recent restoration work brought the cat into full view.

The geoglyph shows the cat in profile, with its head turned toward the viewer. The feline figure stretches 121 feet long (37 meters), and the lines of the drawing measure between 12 to 16 inches (30 to 40 cm) thick. They were made by removing the top layer of rocks and exposing the bright bedrock beneath.

Now, that's a cat doodle! Read about the "new" Peruvian cat at Gizmodo.

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