A Considerable Cocoon
Greetings nature enthusiasts!
A considerable cocoon has very recently been spotted hanging in a tree in your neighbourhood. Very little is known about the the species, which has been dubbed penipotens adipatus magnus (P.A.M. or ‘Pam’ for short). This marks the first time in a great many years that human beings get the opportunity to observe evidence of the obscure organism, and the first time ever that anyone has seen a live specimen! This is a big deal.
The discovery has initiated quite a stir in the scientific community. Already, researchers from across the spectrum of scientific study are pouring in to the site by the dozen to be among the first to examine the propicious pupa firsthand. In fact, most specialists in the fields of biology, taxonomy and anthropology have unanimously agreed that this is by far the greatest scientific discovery of the past eight years.
Why is this so exciting?
Much like the outward appearance of the creature’s cocoon, the implications of Pam’s discovery are variegated and widespread, impacting fields as diverse as biology, acoustics, entomology, arboriculture, divinity, philosophy, and biaxial autolocomotion. On all of Planet Earth there is nary a curious mind, no matter its sort, unaffected by this most monolithic of moth-like monsters! Academics are throwing out the old textbooks and starting from scratch. This discovery will change he world as we know it.
So what are we doing about it?
Among the intelligentsia assembled around Pam’s cocoon are a handful of truly dedicated movers-and-shakers, the first few on site and the most feverishly travailing of specialists, who have been devoting all of their efforts to ensuring minimal negative impact on the creature, its cocoon, the tree in which it has decided to make its home, and the gaggles of gawkers surrounding the spectacle.
Spearheading the preservationist movement is Elizabeth ‘Biz’ Oakwood, biologist and expert on penipotens taxonomy. Biz has been working tirelessly to ensure that the cocoon is kept in favourable conditions and that, when the time comes for Pam to emerge, it is welcomed by nothing short of the optimal hatching environment.
Working with Oakwood is professor of dendrology Boom Osisi, who is rarely seen out of her forest or with her feet on the ground. Because P.A.M. is known to eat pests which are detrimental to trees, Osisi has made it her purpose to protect the cocoon from any possible harm and to facilitate its hatching in any way possible.
Biomusicologist and spherical acoustician Dr. Brus Reichsapfel has been assisting Oakwood in curating the ideal sonic ecosystem for decoconation. Reichsapfel, a fellow of the Order of the Globus Cruciger, has been a strongly vocal proponent of the reintegration of spirituality into bio-acoustic studies. His 2001 book Radii: Diametric Bifurcations proposes theories of a deeply rooted link between cryptoentomological lifecycles and the wellbeing of the collective human qi.
But what can I do to help out?
Because no one knows exactly when Pam will emerge from its cocoon, Oakwood’s crew has been working furiously to ensure all details have been covered before time runs out. Even non-specialists are contributing to the cause, assisting in manual labour and providing the team with an external set of eyes, ears and mouths as needed. Laypeople interested in contributing to the efforts are invited, nay, encouraged to make their way to the cocoon site for the hatching and to bring along any equipment or materials they think might be helpful. Every passing day brings us one day closer to Pam’s emergence; don’t miss your chance to be a part of this historic event!