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SCP-2786

Item #: SCP-2786

Object Class: Safe

Special Containment Procedures: SCP-2786 is held in a 10 x 10 x 8 m climate-controlled containment chamber in the Area-12 Parazoology Department. The atmosphere is to be kept between 25 and 30 degrees Celsius during daytime hours, with 70% humidity. Foliage in the containment chamber is cultivated from flora native to SCP-2786's original habitat. A recirculating water feature, simulating a stream, forms a border around the forested section of the enclosure, with 1 cm stainless steel mesh screening at both entry points. This water feature is to be kept stocked with fish. A weekly ration of 10 kg of red meat is to be provided, and can be revoked in response to unwanted behavior, to be determined by the lead researcher.

Personnel must enter the containment chamber in groups of no fewer than three individuals. Each group member is to be armed with standard-issue stun weapons. One group member will also be provided a metronome or other audible rhythm device to synchronize blinking and maximize uninterrupted visual contact.

Update: As of 14/05/2012, one team member will be provided a head-mounted video helmet while in SCP-2786's enclosure, to minimize the need for manual blinking.

Description: SCP-2786 is an organism, 2.8 m high, physiologically similar to members of the Bufonidae family. Deviations apart from size include shortened hind legs unsuitable for leaping, large, blunt teeth, a non-extendable tongue, and forward-set eyes. SCP-2786 possesses rudimentary intelligence and understands human speech, though it can only produce guttural sounds.

SCP-2786 cannot be seen by the unaided eye save as an afterimage when the eye closes. This phenomenon does not affect photography or video recording.

SCP-2786 is generally sedentary, displaying little interest in exploring its enclosure, becoming active only to hunt. Though fish are generally unaware of its presence, making them easy prey, SCP-2786 shows a marked reluctance to consume them, with a preference for red meat. It is aware of its anomalous nature, and displays prideful behavior when its nature is mentioned. Psychological profiling suggests this narcissism is a useful tool in its continued containment.

SCP-2786 came to the Foundation's attention after the Louisiana National Park Service reported unexplained casualties while tracking the source of fish depopulation in Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. SCP-2786's movements were traceable via depletion of wetland fish stocks.

Interviewed: SCP-2786

Interviewer: Dr. Patla, Head Researcher, SCP-2786

Foreword: On 01/01/2011, SCP-2786 attacked and maimed a D-class personnel assigned to clean its containment chamber. On 04/01/2011, a second D-class's leg was consumed when lockdown protocols were initiated due to an unrelated containment breach. A third D-Class was incapacitated on 05/01/2011 due to faulty cleaning equipment. The remains were mostly consumed by SCP-2786 before personnel could remove it.

Though previous interviews with SCP-2786 had proven fruitless, Dr. Patla confronted SCP-2786 after this incident. Note that prior to this incident, SCP-2786 had been regularly fed red meat, and containment procedures for personnel entering the chamber had not been fully codified.

<Begin Log>

Dr. Patla: SCP-2786, are you listening to me?

SCP-2786: Huh?

Dr. Patla: Would you care to explain why you ate that man?

SCP-2786 chuckles.

Dr. Patla: We've made you a comfortable habitat, we feed you regularly, and all you do is attack our personnel when they try to clean your home?

SCP-2786 laughs.

Dr. Patla You think this is funny?

SCP-2786 continues laughing.

Dr. Patla: You think half-assed invisibility thing is so great. Well, it doesn't even work right! You got lucky, you warty little ingrate! Let's see how funny it is when we cut your meat rations!

SCP-2786 ceases laughter. Dr. Patla, in clear violation of established containment procedure, moves toward SCP-2786 and makes threatening gestures.

Dr. Patla: You can spend the next month eating nothing but fish and thinking about what you've done!

SCP-2786 whimpers. Guards with Dr. Patla draw weapons as SCP-2786 crawls forward in a manner later described as "supplicating".

Dr. Patla: Bad! That is a bad frog monster! We do not eat people!

SCP-2786 continues to whimper. When Dr. Patla does not respond, it crawls back into the foliage and all personnel exit the containment chamber.

<End Log>

Closing Statement: Following this incident, a reprimand was issued on Dr. Patla's record for breaking protocol and harassment of a contained object. The reprimand was later rescinded in favor of a commendation for engineering improvements to SCP-2786's containment procedures.

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