Wednesday, February 8, 2012

The Dingbat: Eat(ing) Lead

The Dingbat is a strange flying creature discovered by the lumberjacks who travelled to the United States in the early nineteenth century. Descriptions state a large bat-like creature (wings, ears, and nose) with a short, feathered body that had a pair of short deer-like antlers on top of the creature's head. Though after further investigation from twentieth century Monstrologists, they discovered that this type of fearsome critter is related to the snipe, another species of bird with antlers on top of it's head. Being related to the snipe, a flightless-antlered bird, the Dingbat is the only species part of the same family tree that could actually fly. The Dingbat doesn't hunt by echolocation but, by a keen sense of vision. Like birds of prey, they can spot a prey source (small mammals and birds) from far above the ground and then could swoop in to capture it. The Dingbats are known to hunt below the canopy though due to larger predators in the open skies above like eagles, hawks, and sometimes juvenile thunderbirds. Dingbats are only found in the northern states, such as the state of Maine, and can also be found in some regions of Canada. Dingbats are becoming threatened due to urbanization and the species can't really adapt well that fit human needs. Some breeding programs have started up in Canada and have successfully been helping the Dingbat make a come back in some regions.
Dingbats are known, by lumberjacks, to capture and eat bullets in midair. Monstrologists are still uncertain why the Dingbat has this strange behavior but, due to being a threatened species. Humans have discovered a way to kill a Dingbat in midair for both a hunting sport and for food. Believe it or not, Dingbat meat is actually delicious even though they both eat bullets and are predators.

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