The giant cat was found etched in the desert between the Nazca Lines in Peru World News

Doon sand of southern Peru, a sparrows, a monkey, an orca – and a figure very fond of some people, an astronaut – have now appeared as a giant cat across a desert hill.

The Nelka line, spanning between 200BC and 100BC, emerged during work to improve access to one of the hills providing a natural landscape, from which many designs can be seen.

Since 1994, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Nazca Lines, composed of hundreds of geometric and zoomorphic images, was created to reveal the contrast material below, removing rocks and earth. They lie 250 miles (400 km) south of Lima and cover about 450 sq km (175 sq mi) in the dry coastal plain of Peru.

Archaeologists perform maintenance work at the site. Photograph: Jhony Islas / AP

The Peruvian Ministry of Culture said in a statement this week, “The figure was much less visible and was about to disappear as it lies on a considerable slope, prone to the effects of natural erosion.”

“In the past week, the JogLife was cleaned and protected, and the profile shows a feline figure, with its head facing towards the front.” It was stated that the cat was 37 meters long, with well-defined lines that varied in width between 30 cm and 40 cm.

“It is quite shocking that we are still looking for new figures, but we also know that more can be found there,” he told Spanish news agency Effe.

“Over the years, the use of drones has allowed us to take images of the hills.”

Isla said that between 80 and 100 new figures had appeared in recent years in the Naza and Palpa valleys, all of which preceded the Naza culture (AD200–700). “These are small in size, drawn on the hills, and are clearly of earlier tradition.”

The archaeologist stated that the cat was excluded during the late Parakas era, which lasted from 500BC to AD200. “We know that by comparing icons,” Isla said. “Paracas robes, for example, show birds, cats, and those that are easily equivalent to these landforms.”