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The Tailypo

I recently learned about a little creature from Appalachian folklore called the "tailypo". He's a little creature, vaguely canine in shape, with long claws, and some say tufted ears. He used to have a long, beautiful tail that was shot off by a starving hunter. The creature demanded the hunter return his lost "tailypo", but then the hunter could not produce the tail (since by then he had eaten it), the creature killed him. Now it can be said that on dark nights you can sometimes hear a voice in the woods, looking for its lost tailypo.

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