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For design challenge #5
"These weasel like animals are act adorably around travelers but be careful though. They like stealing from suckers. Mostly food and equipment that they hide later in tiny holes."
Chosen Design Elements:
I wanted to make a make a animal that covers it's tracks. Idea came from one of the weirder track design given in the design challenge. However I thought about that the animal would have different tracks that it would cover. Then I thought that the environment must be certain type for tracks to be covered. Since I'm Finnish snow came to mind and it actually made sense and it determined the color of the creature. I figured that furry brush tail is cute and useful for brushing away paw marks from snow so predators won't find them. The weasel like appearance made me think about ferrets who like stealing stuff and hiding them.
As the name applies these creatures live in the cold regions of the world. They have thick fur coat to keep warm and to help with that their bodies have a layer of fat in them. If you'd shave one you see that their skin is jet black to better absorb the run light for warmth. It all these advantages Arctic Brushtail lives rather comfortably in cold regions. It hunts fish from below frozen lakes and oceans to help it keep it's layer of fat active. It is worth to point out that if you are stuck in cold regions and manage to hunt one of these down, they will make a good meal that keeps you going for hours as the fatty meat gives a lot of calories.
Arctic Brushtails are really hard to track if you want to catch one. They use their long tails to brush their paw prints off the snow as they walk. This tail is also used to swim as fast as the fastest fish. It wiggles it's body like a snake to get fast speeds under water to be able to catch fish with their mouth. They can hold their breath for a long time but have to come up for air. Brushtails diet consists mostly on fish as they are otherwise friendly and social creatures. They play with each other and make a lot of cute noises. However you should be careful as this is mostly an act to steal from suckers they don't see as predators. They always go for food but also for whatever else in your pockets though if it's not food, they'll hide it in "treasure holes" that are dug in the ground. They actually are the reason why you can find treasures in random places which were thought to be gifts from gods by old religious factions.
These creatures have many enemies as most other arctic creatures hunt for them. In case covering their tracks didn't help, they come equipped with big floppy ears. These ears are to hear their surroundings and possible predators but to also tell you if they are planning to steal from you. Only if their ears are down, are they completely harmless. At night they can actually scare their predators with their glowing claws and teeth. Some predators aren't fooled by the glowing teeth and claws but it makes an eerie sight at night. Arctic Brush tails breed about 8 times during the year as they want to keep their numbers up due to large amount of predators out in the snow.
They make good pets as they can be trained to get items for you. Also their fur makes excellent paint brushes!
Finally DA started working...
Hope I'm in time XD