Eleanor - Rabida Molesta Bestia
Eleanor on the prowl in Stuyvesant Park, NYC .
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his particularly annoying beast could have met its end with almost no protest. Besides being a member of the greater biodiversity, few conservationists could praise any other characteristics of this beast. It is the lesser known of two varieties of Gremlins, believed to be indigenous to Kent, England. While the Greater Gremlin became famous for it’s mischief in the air during World War II, the lesser Gremlin, also known as Trouble, remained on land and out of view.

The female’s coloring was beige while the male had dark stripes leading away from the mouth on the face and head. Trouble averages twenty to thirty pounds and grows to the height of two feet. In its native habitat, Trouble spent its day creating mischief: Raiding bird’s nests, digging up burrows, rolling eggs, harassing weak and defenseless animals, stripping tree bark and polluting waterways. The focus of their attention seems to have been to upset order and not to exploit the resources available.

In what seems an effort to outdo the mischievous lore of goats (“whatever they can’t eat they shit on.”), Trouble made no attempt to be productive even in consumption. The only thing worse than one Trouble was a communal effort. In the mid 1700s, as areas of Kent closest to London began developing into suburbs, evidence of more group activity became clear as foundations were shifted, walls collapsed and random mischief was put upon these communities. An important shift in the habits of Trouble occurred in this time. With the development of the steam engine and factories, Trouble had a new objective.

Thos. Blackburn, a Cloth Merchant in Leeds (1791) writes of the effect:

"Many more evils we could enumerate, but we would hope that the sensible part of mankind, who are not biassed by interest, must see the dreadful tendancy of their continuance; a depopulation must be the consequence; trade being then lost, the landed interest will have no other satisfaction but that of being last devoured."

In the late forties, evidence of Lesser Gremlins in metropolitan New York surfaced. Believed to have made the journey with returning allied forces. Their impact was immediately felt as problems flared up in automobiles, trains, and roadwork and most notably during construction. Eleanor is the only example of Trouble in any collection. She was found in Long Island in 1993 on the same day William J. Levitt died. None have ever been domesticated since anyone foolish enough to attempt this would change his mind rapidly. Eleanor is believed to be the last of her species. However, with so much that goes wrong day to day, Rabida Molesta Bestia’s extinction cannot be guaranteed.

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