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The Snook

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The creature, known as the Snook, is located within the dense and gloomy jungles of Uganda. The origin of the name, “Snook,” traces back to the 18th century and translates as, “beautiful death,” in the Bantu language. The Snook is the size of a small child, but has the skin of an over-sized walrus, sometimes spotted with sores and ailing bruises. Wrinkles devour its body, including its gauntly limbs. To keep warm in the winter, this creature sprouts small, course hairs all around its body that grow in uneven patches. In the warmer seasons it sheds these hairs and its skin peels from the sultry heat. Although the Snook’s pale, grey complexion is repulsing to the human eye, its eyes are as beautiful as a moon in twilight. These big, neon-green eyes mesmerize the Snook’s pray until its victims become overwhelmed with amazement. It has no predators; the Snook uses its eyes to stop anything in its tracks, including humans. It gorges mostly on small animals like rabbits, rodents, and monkeys. Its teeth are long and sharp to the point. One bite from the Snook releases a muscle-weakening bacterium into its prey’s bloodstream, which consumes the body and slowly puts the victim into a pleasurable sleep of death. The jungle trees are the Snook’s survival; it spends its duration of life walking on the treetops, not visible to anyone or anything on the floor below. With such unique movement, the Snook’s feet are of an anomalous shape. This creature has leathered, webbed feet that keep the Snook elevated and away from stressful interactions. Each foot includes nine, long toes that grab onto treetop branches and keep its prey securely in reach. Not many humans have witnessed this subtle creature, but those who have know of its mischievous routines. There are no more than 20 of these creatures living in the jungles of Uganda, and no one is sure to any of their exact locations.                             

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-Vanessa Gable

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