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Splinter Cat, also known as Felynx arbordiffisus.

Range: Eastern US, although new evidence indicates that the creature has expanded its range into the Rocky Mountains (see photo of a tree damaged by a splinter cat). It chooses habitats in which bees and raccoons abound.

Physical Description: Has the appearance of a large lynx-sized cat, with a squared-off head like a pit bull terrier. It is best known for the specific appearance of those trees it has attacked.

Characteristics: A nocturnal creature, splinter cats eat only honey or raccoons. It locates its food by launching itself head-first into any tree it finds, causing the tree to splinter and break off at the point where the splinter cat’s head hits the trunk. If the tree has no hive or raccoon nest, the splinter cat moves along to the next available tree, stopping only when it finds something to eat.

Co-endangered species: The range of the splinter cat appears to be increasing, and is therefore one of the few Imaginaries not included on the endangered list maintained by Iranigami.

Recent sightings: The cat itself is elusive, and when seen, often mistakenly identified as either a small mountain lion or stray pit bull terrier. However, trees newly shattered by splinter cats have been reported as recently as last week.


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