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Ilin island cloudrunner

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Ilin island cloudrunner
Biological type: Rodent
Place of origin: Earth
Appearance: The Last Dodo

The Ilin island cloudrunner — formally known as Crateromys paulus — was a rodent found on Earth. It was worth 2000 points in the I-Spyder Book of Earth Creatures if it was spotted.

The Tenth Doctor once used the cloudrunner to cheer up Martha Jones. When she became angry at humanity for having killed off the quagga, the Doctor cited the cloudrunner as an example of the good in her species. He noted the wonder in the very naming of the species, calling it "brilliant" that some human would invent the name "cloudrunner" for "fluffy rodents sitting about high up in the mountain treetops" instead of going for the more mundane "tree rats" or "mountain mice".

According to The I-Spyder Book of Earth Creatures, it was from the Philippine island of Ilin and was essentially a big rat with prominently long, furry tail. It was last seen on Earth in 1953 and died out because its habitat was destroyed. (PROSE: The Last Dodo)

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