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The Doclopedia # 1,231
The Potawango Island Bestiary, Part Two: Carnivorous Fig Tree
From the notebook of Dr. Thaddeus Silkmelon:
Today, we walked many pleasant miles to the edge of the foothills that lead up into what I have named the Sierra Potawango Mountains. However, our pleasant day was brought to an abrupt halt when we encountered a particularly deadly form of plant life, the Carnivorous Fig Tree.
We had decided to stop near a small lake for a late lunch and Colonel Orpington remarked that not far away was a fine large fig tree laden with ripe fruit. We all stood looking at it as it’s branches swayed in the wind. Just then, a large elk approached the tree to partake of the fruit. He had just bitten into one when two things occurred.
First, Abner noted that there was no wind blowing. Then, the tree sprang to life, it’s branches grabbing hold of the elk and raising it up above the trunk. It then proceeded to first crush the life out of the poor beast, then rip it apart and drop the pieces into some orifice in the crown of the tree. It was a horrible sight to see. Within minutes, the deed was done and the tree went back to looking like a normal fig tree.
We vacated the area and had our lunch an hour later.