One Tinkit? Adorable. Harmless. A few? Things start to go missing. More than that... well, so long as you're not on a boat made of metal, you should be fine.
Tinkits are a small species of mammal found all across Cathedris; they're generally no bigger than a loaf of bread, have distinct facial and tail markings, and are known for their mischeivous habit of stealing anything shiny -- in particular, metal. This tiny animal is seen as an invasive pest across most regions of the world -- but in most places it's hard to remove them, as their cute features and the way they use their small dextrous hands to grab, steal, and manipulate pieces of metal make them popular animals for tourists and locals to both watch and feed.
Built for Mischief
A Tinkits body is comprised of roughly 50% fur that coveres them from their head down to their exceptionally bushy tail. At their largest, they've been seen to grow up to 20" in length, but average adult Tinkets are closer to 14" long in general -- with about half of their length coming from their tail. Both males and females feature similar markings on their body -- a dark colouration on their back, banded stripes along their tail, and dark mask-like features around their eyes, adding to the mischeivous reputation that the animals command.
Aside from how they look, the main defining feature of Tinkits, and what helps them become such skilled little thieves, are their incredibly dextrous paws. Each paw has three fingers and one thumb, ending with a short curved claw at the end; a Tinkit is able to manipulate a great number of objects with these paws, and fit them into all sorts of cramped or tiny spaces.
You think you're safe on a wooden ship? Think again. Those little bastards will steal the nails right out of the planks you're walkin' on.
Tinkits will eat just about anything that they get their tiny skilled hands on; they are omniverous, scavengers, and opportunistic hunters. In metropolitan areas, these animals often survive on a diet of scraps, garbage, or other small rodents -- but when living in the wilderness, they tend to choose a diet consisting of berries and small bugs.
A popular misconception is that Tinkits like to eat
metal -- they are, after all, known for stealing almost any shiny metal bit that isn't bolted to the ground, and occassionally even stealing the bolt itself. However, their propensity for gathering bits of metal comes more from their societal, mating, and nest building habits, rather than having anything to do with diet or nutrition.