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The Central American Whintosser (Cephalovertens semperambulatus) is an aggressive fearsome critter from lumberjack tales of North America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This creature lives in the coast ranges of California, in the region of Isthmus. It is not a solitary creature; there are multiple Whintossers, in a family, a pack and/or a pair living in a broken-up country along Mad River. (Thanks to John Gray of Anadar, Trinity County, California.)

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It has a triangular body with a neck and a short tail that can swivel around. The head and tail can spin around 100 times per minute. It isn't very big, but it has a big ego. It is extremely aggressive. It has three sets of legs which help it to stabilize itself during earthquakes which are frequent in the region. These legs are positioned all around its body enabling it to walk upside down, sideways and on the ground. The animal's fur is quite bristly and slants at a sharp angle.

This animal causes frequent trouble to men and is very difficult to kill (even if you shoot it, club it, or really do anything to it, it will just thrash around, spin, and scream). The only known way to kill the creature is to trap it in a flume pipe or log. In this pipe, the Whintosser will try to walk in all directions and tear itself apart.

Central American Whintosser as of now

In the 2015 remake of Fearsome Creatures, the Central American Whintosser is known in Guerrero as Menschenfresser due to the beast being a man eater from eating Band-Aids. It is remade to be a lion, but with a longer tail, a metal mane, a longer cylindrical body and twelve legs. Each individual piece of the Central American Whintosser's body contains one third of blood inside. When killed, the Central American Whintosser forcibly kills its victims by making his or her head tear apart to follow the dead Central American Whintosser's body pieces. The scientific name is Helicoform mexicanus.

Further reading

"The Central American Whintosser" from Fearsome Creatures of the Lumberwoods (1910) by William T. Cox