Hangdown - [Fearsome Critter 1935]
• About This Critter: Usually described As "an utterly foolish animal" that climbs like a sloth, as the name suggests it hangs down from the limbs of trees along well-travelled trails, either with its fore or hind paws, either head down or head-on, either way, makes no difference to the creatures' digestion. It climbs along the bottom of a limb in the manner of a sloth. Its skin brings a high price, most easily hunted at night when a tub must be placed over it. It is then killed with an axe."
• History: one of many critters only described (but not pictured) in 1935's "Paul Bunyans Natural History" it was also included in Gary Carden's Appalachian bestiary: North Carolina Folklore Journal (2012) who describes it as 'disconcerting at night.'
Given its near flat and fuzzy demeanour and that it seems to like to drop down on people, is it a possible relative to the Rumptifusel? or Maybe a distant relative to the Australian "Drop Bear", it also coincidentally shares its name with the Japanese "Sagari" - Sadly theres no mention on what it eats & its Latin name is notably, unknown!! I'd bet Paul could tell us the truth...
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