Creature Glossary

Explore the creatures and characters of Pip Bartlett's Guide to Magical Creatures!

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People-Eating Thatcher Head

Description: The fearsome People-Eating Thatcher Head is more of an academic curiosity than a true danger; this species has been driven nearly to extinction by fear and habitat destruction. The Thatcher Head will indeed eat humans if no other prey exists, but it prefers a diet of antelopes and cattle. The Thatcher-Head smells overwhelmingly of waffles and some studies suggest that this is why square waffles first appeared.

Fun facts:

  • Thatcher-Heads establish dominance by thumping each other in the face with their heavily armored tails.

  • George Washington is said to have owned a pen made from the head-feather of a Thatcher-Head.

  • Strong front legs allow for easy tree-climbing.

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Orange Wingbat

Description: The Orange Wingbat is a small and shy tree-dwelling mammal found in tropical areas. Although they eat an enormous amount of citrus fruit, farmers generally welcome the Orange Wingbat as they prefer the flavor of over-ripe fruit and will scavenge orange groves for the fruit farmers cannot sell.

Fun facts:

  • The Orange Wingbat’s mouth can open wide enough to accommodate an entire orange.

  • Feathery tail is used to tickle the ears of predators.

  • Orange Wingbats prefer to dwell in the safety of trees but when forced to the ground fold their striped wings over their heads as camouflage in tall grass.

  • Because the Orange Wingbat lives primarily on oranges and consumes an enormous amount of Vitamin C, it rarely gets sick although it communicates with coughing noises.

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Minnesota Sea Rhino

Description: The Minnesota Sea Rhino is actually not a native of Minnesota at all, having been introduced to the area by Étienne Brûlé in 1615. The Sea Rhino loves to hide in small, dark places, and is equally at home in the water and out of it, so current-day travelers to the area should be certain to double-check their luggage before leaving their lake vacations.

Fun facts:

  • Horns appear savage but are mainly used for spearing fish.

  • The “ears” of the Sea Rhino are not ears at all but rather flaps that emit and receive sophisticated sonar.

  • Colorful shell protects the delicious Sea Rhino from inquisitive birds and large fish.

  • Tentacles continue growing for the Sea Rhino’s entire life. Some individuals have been found tangled in their own lengthy tentacles.

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Long-Eared Fish Seal

Description: While the Long-Eared Fish Seal is native to the Pacific Ocean, its adorable eyeballs and tolerance of a wide variety of water types mean that many people keep the Fish Seal as pets in their swimming pools. While friendly, Fish Seals have a poor grasp of consequences and are not recommended for families with small pool toys or young children, as they will happily eat either.

Fun facts:

  • Razor-sharp teeth devour fish and pool toys.

  • Brightly colored fur allows other Fish Seals (and predators) to spot individuals even in murky water.

  • Soft fur beads water and protects against temperature change.

  • Powerful digestive system allows the Fish Seal to process a variety of foods.

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Razor-Toothed Llama-Bear

Description: The Razor-Toothed Llama-Bear is far more gentle than its savage appearance suggests. Although it eats humans, this lovely and rare creature only needs to eat every fifty years. The rest of the time, the curious Llama-Bear spends its time playing and exploring.

Fun facts:

  • Large ears help it pick up the cries of other Llama-Bears, whose meowing sounds much like domestic cats.

  • Large wings help support the weight of the Llama-Bear, but it remains a slow flyer.

  • Llama-Bears are great collectors of shiny objects and will hide them in other Llama-Bears’ manes.