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Registered Phenomena Code: 046

Object Class: Beta-Orange

Hazard Types: Organic Hazard, Sentient Hazard

Containment Protocols: The specimen located at Site AF-88 is to be contained in a standard wildlife unit with bulletproof one-way mirrors to allow researchers to observe the specimen without disturbing it. When entering the chamber, personnel are required to wear a full set of kevlar bulletproof cover, and armed guards must carry tranquilizers and low-power tasers as a precaution.

A single specimen of RPC-046 has been contained at Site AF-88 under the guise of a wildlife research lab. However, small packs of the creatures are still at large. Reported areas include the Sahara Desert as well as other sectors in Mauritania, mostly in unpopulated areas away from any villages and settlements. Agents are to monitor the areas and stop possible illegal hunting activities from affecting the creatures' numbers, as well as preventing any civilians from wandering into their territories.

Description: RPC-046 is an unknown species of canine that has been found in the African country of Mauritania. Despite the resemblance to the Lycaon pictus, or African Wild Dog, RPC-046 has a few small details that differentiate it from its more common relative. RPC specimens have been observed to be around 85 to 90 cm in height, while the common wild dog stands at 60 to 75. RPC-046 are also noted to be more slender in appearance, while their pelts are often darker in coloring. RPC-046 behaves similarly to the African Wild Dog, always traveling in groups.

The most defining attribute of RPC-046 are the black quills on its back, resembling those of a porcupine's. Said quills or spines are composed of bone material. What makes RPC-046 so dangerous is its ability to launch these as projectiles at a maximum speed of 447m/s to impale prey or trespassers on their territory. The autopsy of a specimen revealed a special set of muscles in their backs that can flex and contort to fire their quills at high speeds. These muscles appear to be unique to RPC-046.

Despite older, unverified reports of the species by 20th-century explorers, RPC-046 was first encountered by the RPC in the Northern quadrant of the Sahara Desert in ████ when interviews with local nomads mentioned: "spiked dogs" that would attack any individual who ventured too close to their territory. Some had received scars where they claimed the creatures had "shot" at them.

Volunteers led Containment Team AF-7 to favored hunting grounds, allowing them to successfully extract two older specimens without any casualties to be placed in Site AF-88. During the mission, Agent ██████ was impaled through his left leg by one of the larger pack members, forcing him to be evacuated to receive emergency medical treatment. He is currently in stable condition and has since returned to his station.

Addendum: On request from Site AF-88 administrators, Containment Team AF-7 has continued tracking the largest packs in order to capture more specimens. Researchers have also been assigned to study the species' everyday activities, such as feeding and mating, as well as migration habits.

Addendum 2: More sightings of RPC-046 packs have been reported in the Western and Southern areas of the Sahara, including in Senegal. Personnel will be dispatched accordingly.

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