The rare, North American Numen (propheta awesomus) is a subspecies of the mammalian species homo sapiens that survives by speed and stealth rather than pack tactics. It is the fastest of all land animals and can reach speeds of up to 80 mph (120 km/h) in short bursts up to 600 yards (510 m), as well as being able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 2.5 seconds, which is faster than all supercars. Given the Numen”ôs agility, defensive capabilities (Numens are known to talk human beings into a paralyzed stupor) and ability to summon 35 species of trees to their aid, they are difficult to capture on film unless first restrained. A Numen has never been successfully captured and only a single known photo of the animal exists (below). As of last August there were an estimated four Numen left in the world. However, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service reports that it is difficult to calculate accurate estimations because deforestation, air pollution, noise and light pollution, and other pollution caused by their co-subspecies, the human being, have driven the Numen far into the mountains of the North American Mid-Atlantic, further decreasing the likelihood of encounters.

Numen girl drinking from mountain creek at dusk.

Numen live solitarily or in pairs, and are semi-nocturnal.

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