Rubberado - [Fearsome Critter 1938] - a Bouncy rubber porcupine-like-creature native to Wisconsin: it inflates and bounces away when shot at. As it bounds of into the horizon, it giggles with each bounce. Best tasted boiled into a stew: if you eat it, you’ll end up in hysterics & bounce too.
Listed as one of 4 ‘Improbable Quadrupeds’ in The Science News-Letter (Apr. 2, 1938) - listed among other wide spread yarns such as the “Whirling Wumpus”, “Tripodero” the “Racabore” [a variant of the “Side Hill gouger”] - [notable because it was published a year before Henry H Tryons fearsome critters would be published in 1939.] - The Rubberado later appears (as a much different) lizard-dragon-like creature in “Kickle Snifters and other Fearsome Critters” (a 1978 bestiary, which was posed as a children’s book.) - Though it looks different, it still kept the “eat me and you’ll bounce too” description. Incidentally 1938 was also the same year the inflatable beach ball was invented.
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