Profile: Sir U.C. Twitt
- If you go back far enough in the literature, you'll see that the original vernacular term used was "drop pair" because there are actually two different predatory species involved. The ground-dwelling _Pseudohomo billabongi_ is a small creature distantly related to the kangaroo. Its habit of standing on its hind legs caused it to be mistaken for a small humanoid, hence the genus name. Also known as the marsupial jackal, it typically hangs around billabongs waiting for unsuspecting animals. It will suddenly jump into view, giving a shout that sounds like "Watch under." This causes the prey animal to freeze in confusion for just long enough to give _T. plummetus_ a still target for its drop attack. After the drop bear has done its work, the two animals then share the meal. The whole sequence is horrific to watch, particularly because _P. billabongi_ has a long snout-like proboscis with no teeth. It devours its prey by clamping its jaws either side of protruding cylindrical objects, such as fingers and even whole limbs, and sucking away the flesh with tremendous force. This is so disgusting to watch that all people who have witnessed a drop-pair attack have been unable to avoid vomiting. Associated with the call that starts off the whole sequence of events, this is the true origin of the Australian term "Chunder" for acts of regurgitation. It is also rare that these attacks would include Englishmen, because only people with a well formed chin are attacked by this pair of predators. The lack of a chin gives the marsupial jackal no means of getting a firm hold on the head in order to consume the brain, which is a particular delicacy of this unusual creature. Apparently recent claims of attacks on Englishmen can be reliably traced back to attacks by disgruntled rugby fans in 2003, when Australia lost the World cup to England in extra time.