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In American folklore, a teakettler is a creature with origins in lumberjack culture, specifically the lumber camps of Minnesota and Wisconsin. It is part of a group of related entities collectively as Fearsome Critters. It is said to resemble a small stubby legged dog with the ears of a cat. Its name comes from the sound it makes, which is akin to that of a boiling tea kettle. It only walks backwards, and steam issues from its mouth as it makes its whistle. As the myth goes, only a few lumberjacks have seen one, as they are very shy, but if a boiling kettle is heard and nowhere to be found, it is sure that a Teakettler is nearby.

An account is given by Jorge Luis Borges under "Fauna of the United States" in Book of Imaginary Beings (1957).[1]


  1. ^ Borges, Jorge Luis, 1899-1986. (1990). Manual de zoología fantástica. Guerrero, Margarita., Toledo, Francisco. (1a ed.). México, D.F.: Fondo de Cultura Económica. pp. 75–76. ISBN 968-16-1710-X. OCLC 14078536.((cite book)): CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)