A podgy genetic mutation of a sloth-like carnivore, much despised in
the northern hemisphere since medieval times, when it gained a
reputation for its habitual skulking in mud and dirt and plagued lone women
and children. Historically used to track down vulnerable older women in
witch-hunts, and bring them to the stake. Also employed in the hunt to bring
exhausted lone victims to ground. Gives off an unpleasant, skunk-like odour.
Abides mainly in the cracks of borough council sewers. Scared off easily by
large dogs. Avoids conflict when alone. Returns later with several bailiffs, after
first marking its ground.
Culling has been considered for centuries, but this slimy pest
persists – mainly down to its strategy skills employed in the hunt, where
it feeds off the discarded offal. Avoid contact. Do not approach.
To eradicate, put down, close to sewer outlet, wads and ingots,
this usually deals with an early outbreak, but ideally should be
done as soon as one is sited, or more complex techniques will
be needed and the situation can become quickly untenable – these
pests can be difficult to control if they get into human habitats. Close
all windows and doors. Some have been sited near you.