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Kackertratts
Kackertratts
The silhouette of a flying Kackertratt
General Information
Habitat: Unoccupied buildings
Abilities: Live without a brain
Physical Information
Extremities: Four legs, two wings, two antennae and a tail

From the ‘Encyclopedia of Marvels, Life Forms and Other Phenomena of Zamonia and its Environs’ by Professor Abdullah Nightingale

Kackertratts. Unpopular animal mutation combining the genes of pigeons, rats, and cockroaches. Four to five feet long, Kackertratts are arge canal rats with pigeon's wings, birdlike beaks and legs, and antennae and digestive organs of that of cockroaches. Their sole legacy from the rat is their long, rubbery tail. Even the most painstaking autopsies have failed to discover the Kackertratt's brain. The bodies control mechanism is therefore assumed to be located somewhere in the gastro-intestinal tract, which forms a bulk in the creature's innards. Also lacking a heart, but this deficiency is offset by and outsized liver capable of digesting the most poisonous foodstuffs and facilitating the circulation of the blood, which resembles putrid egg yolk in smell and consistenc. Kackertratts prefer to hunt for their food under cover of darkness. Their diet consists mainly of household trash and carrion, but they will attack sizable living things in times of famine. Kackertratts are the only known scavengers that devour the bones, toenails, and eyelashes of their prey.

Persons who encounter one or more Kackertratts would be well-advised not to move too quickly, but to have a fluid and balletic mode of progression. Kackertratts react to abrupt, hurried movements only. Not possessing a brain, they assume everything in fluid motion is water.

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