Species 13: Ancient Himalayan Puffballs

Puffballs are a species often ignored by modern society. These seemingly cute balls of fluff are known to rapidly mutate into Mangeraths (MAN-GRR-ATH) better known as "the ones".

These freaks of human civilisation con people with their cute exterior, before mutating and devouring their host. Their un-mutated form is light hazel in colour, sometimes ranging to brown. Mangeraths are known to be of the same, but usually much darker, colour. Their visual receptacles are located on their toes, with 7 toes in all, therefore providing a wide range of view with each foot. The downside of this adaptation is that the upwards view is greatly restricted.

These Mangeraths will mutate back into a puffball when confronted with soft whistling in the form of a song, or a hard puzzle. But if the puzzle is too hard and the Mangeraths fail to complete it they may get agitated and become hostile to their host.

They first evolved in the early 200's A.D. in Siberia, among the tigers who thought of the puffballs as prey, but alas were mislead. But as the tigers started to thin out as a result of mass trickery the puffballs went in search of a new place to reside.

For a short period between 400 - 450 A.D. they lived in the northern reaches of Africa, but food was scarce, so in 457 they began a long migration to the Himalayas, which would not be completed until  463  A.D.

Upon arrival at the Himalayas they quickly adapted to the freezing weather of the area. Most have lived there ever since, but some have branched off to areas like China and even as far as England, although those soon died off.

The puffballs have remained in relative secrecy to the rest of the world, so some details are foggy. At this period in time we have revealed all of what 75 years research has produced.

But the Puffballs are decreasing in numbers, and efforts have been put out to save the remaining ones in captivity.

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