1) The Tarmac Shrew
It lives by scavenging the margins of major roads at night, vanishing whenever it seeswhite lights approaching and reappearing only when no light, or just dim red lightis present. From a diet of insects it has moved on to eating almost any road-killed animal life and as such tends to do extremely well on the margins of major motorways.The population is extremly dynamic, crashing to low levels in winter and explodingin the spring as the first few hedgehogs of the year are killed. For some reason, itis inordinately fond of road-killed felines, possibly because of the smelliness of a cat cadaver, and literally hundreds of tarmac shrews can destroy the carcass of a dead cat almost overnight, whatever the size of the body.
2) The Quantum Puma
This is a large feline, commonly black in colour, which although common in Europe is very seldom seen because it is pathologically shy of humans. These peculiar cats take the elusiveness of most felines to an extraordinary level by existing for most of their lives as a quantum superposition phenomenon. As such, the cat stalks by ineptly moochingabout until the superposition wave is collapsed by the presence of prey, which being surprised by a huge cat appearing out of thin air is usually dispatched very quickly.
3) The Mimic Magpie
In Europe, magpies are becoming an ever-more common bird in cities and towns due to their adaptability and inteligence. One sub-species, the mimic magpie, has taken this adaptability even further and now commonly impersonates a large number of other common town animals such as pigeons, hedgehogs, cats and even small children (in the latter case falling back on itsextraordinary memory for insults, witticisms and Terry Wogan quotes which rapidly repels eventhe most hardened of Fortean investigators). The mimicry is extremely realistic and is usedto obtain otherwise inaccessible food sources and to repel predators of all sorts.
It is therefore very hard to put a number on how many mimic magpies exist, or to work out their geographical distribution since the one thing these intelligent birds never try to impersonate is another magpie. Further research is urgently needed into this perplexing urban phenomenon,although this researcher is prepared to undertake this for suitable remuneration.