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BellPots
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BellPots

(Doorcus carotta modifica tingtingabulae fructae)
Doorcus fructae is the most current of the Morphoses species, since it is the oldest one, only discovered at the end of the 20th Century by Gulliver Al Fouenna in one of the centuries-old lime trees in front of the ossuary of innocent orphaned saints at the Basilica of Quantatecantos.
This variety, implanted onto a branch by the myriapod Lithobidae manipulae, develops in the same way as a fruit, before becoming a Bellpot. Under normal circumstances the clanger appears at the eighth week, unless Spring comes which causes a delay.
It should be noted that, like birds, Bellpots have regional accents. It would be possible to record Bellpots in different European countries and to show the differences in accent, not to mention the clinkclinking vocabulary. A case in point is the warning cry of the Bavarian Bellpots, which can easily be misunderstood by the English Bellpots who get scared out of their wits by an imaginary Krackpot. In the same way the Andalucian wedding songs may be confused with the Auvergnian funeral rites by Sardinian Bellpots.
When Bellpots get old, for fear of the hot summer temperatures or winter chills, they turn themselves into children’s music boxes. Their parents suspend them above cradles and Bellpots send babies to sleep with their soft, gentle melodies. Very few people know to whom they owe this wonderful musical phenomena of dropping off to sleep in early childhood.
Photos and recordings permitted. Feeding pointless.