Hypertrichosis, which also goes by the name Ambras syndrome, is a disease that’s traditionally associated with lycanthropy. In fact, its primary symptom is abnormal and excessive hair growth. And as a result, in the 19th and 20th centuries, freak shows often enlisted sufferers of hypertrichosis. However, the animal supposedly photographed in Malaysia had very little hair. It also had claws and a tail.
Instead, then, could the creature have been a product of genetic engineering? This would certainly explain the claim that it was being held in a lab. Indeed, in 2011 genetic engineers successfully created three glow-in-the-dark kittens to research AIDS. And if scientists can do that, then why not also forge a cat-human hybrid?