07 November 2005
From A Bestiary of Imaginary Species edited by Nenad Dragicevic: Menamonium
Menamoniums look like teddy bears and congregate at construction sites where they make cages from the building materials they find. They enter the cages and pose for passersby, who often reward them with bits of food. Authorities usually release them to the wild then destroy their cages. The menamoniums find their way back to the construction sites and rebuild their cages. Menamoniums have been called natural zoo creatures. They invite oohs and ahs. Children are particularly susceptible to their charms and will want to take them home. Parents have learned to tell lies about how menamoniums like to eat kids.