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Agropelter (Anthrocephalus craniofractens).

Range: Forested areas in northern United States and Canada.

Physical Description: The few descriptions we have of the agropelter suggest that he has a slender, wiry body with muscular arms and simian face. Dark in color, his overall silhouette would be not unlike that of a skinny orangutan, or perhaps an overgrown spider monkey that has been lifting weights.

Characteristics: The agropelter lives in hollow trees and resents all intruders into his territory, becoming particularly enraged at the sound of a chainsaw. He hurls large branches down upon anyone he perceives as a threat. As he has excellent aim and a very strong throwing arm, he generally seriously injures or kills the subject of his attack. It is believed that the agropelter may also engage in target practice when nobody is around, as loggers have occasionally come across fresh piles of broken tree limbs in the forest without any recent high winds in the area to explain the devastation. The agropelter rarely comes to ground, preferring to travel by swinging from branch to branch in the treetops, and is believed to feed almost exclusively on woodpeckers and owls.

Co-endangered species: Wolverine.

Recent sightings: Although many agropelter attacks are mis-categorized as simple accidents caused by falling branches, an agropelter was positively identified in 1985, in Alberta, Canada, when a lumberman (name withheld) glanced up just in time to see one preparing to hurl a tree limb. Piles of broken branches from target practice are observed more frequently than the agropelter himself.

What to do: If you see an agropelter, hide behind a stout tree trunk for protection from the flying branches.


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