|Hotheaded Naked Ice Borer|
|Binomen||Unknown, though likely belong to Subfamily Heterocephalinae|
|Average length||6 inches long|
|Place of origin||Earth|
|Habitat||Ross Sea coast, Antartica|
|Locomotion||Movement using four legs|
|Behind the Scenes|
|Created by||Tim Folger|
|Designed by||Tim Folger|
The Hotheaded Naked Ice Borer is a small mole-like mammal and a gregarious predator discovered by Aprile Pazzo during an Antarctic research exploration in 1995 along the remote coast of the Ross Sea of Antarctica.
Bearing a forward cranial projection rich in blood vessels which gets heated enough to allow it to melt the surrounding ice; the Ice Borer lurks underground in groups and attacks prey from below by melting the ice away and letting the unfortunate targets sink in, directly into the voracious jaws of the attackers. Its victims range from penguins to unsuspecting explorers. It has been proposed that Philippe Poisson, who disappeared mysteriously in Antarctica in 1837, might have had such fate.
The Hotheaded Naked Ice Borer lives in communal labyrinth-like tunnel systems within the ice plates. It has a particularly high metabolic rate which allows it to move underground much faster than a penguin walks on the surface, and an average body temperature of 110 degrees Fahrenheit. The sharp incisors are used for tearing meat apart, since the digging of the ice is accomplished by the hot bony plate on the forehead.
Behind the scenesEdit
This story was published by the Discover magazine as an April Fools hoax in 1995; the Ice Borer image being clearly a manipulated image of the (in)famous Naked Mole Rat of Africa (a relatively well-known real-life rodent). The magazine received a number of letters from readers playfully expanding the joke.