Issued: Tuesday October 9th 2007
Department: Bureau of Invasive Garments, Department of Knitting and Associated Crafts (DoKAC), Canberra
The Department of Knitting and Associated Crafts (DoKAC) issued a High Priority Alert today in the wake of several sightings of the potentially dangerous and highly invasive Faux feral species of sock. All residents, especially knitters and crocheters, are warned to be on the look-out for specimens.
Faux feral socks are easily recognised by their distinctively patterned pelts, usually in contrasting but complimentary colours. They are most commonly found in pairs, but older specimens may occur singly.
F. feral can survive in most urban settings. They are excellent climbers, and are generally arboreal.
However, when mating, as with all species of sock, they are found on the ground in sheltered habitats.
Mating pair of F. feral. Note the distinctive entwined coupling.
F. feral will often approach domestic environments to find food and water, particularly in the current drought conditions.
Most importantly, residents should be aware that domestic socks of all species, particularly Business sockii, are in danger of predation by F. feral. A shortage of the natural prey items of F. feral has led to increased incidence of injury and death of B. sockii. Residents should avoid leaving domestic socks unattended, especially if they are tethered.
Any sightings of Faux feral should be reported to DoKAC immediately on the hotline number 1800-FERALSOCK.
Residents should not confuse Faux feral with the similarly patterned, perfectly harmless domesticated sock, Faux fairisle. Should they, Trent?