Wild Haggis (Haggis scoticus) is a fictiounal baste said tae be native tae the Scots Hielands. It is comically claimed tae be the source o haggis, a tradeetional Scots dish that is in fact graithit fae the emmlins o sheep (includin hert, lichts an lever).
According to some sources, the wild haggis's left legs are of different length than its right legs (cf. the Sidehill gouger), allowing it to run quickly around the steep mountains and hillsides which make up its natural habitat, but only in one direction. It is further claimed that there are two varieties of haggis, one with longer left legs and the other with longer right legs. The former variety can run deasil roun a mountain (seen fae aboun) while the latter can rin withershins. The two varieties coexist peacefully but are unable to interbreed in the wild because in order for the male of one variety to mate with a female of the other, he must turn to face in the same direction as his intended mate, causing him to lose his balance before he can mount her. As a result of this difficulty, differences in leg length among the Haggis population are accentuated.
The notion o the wild haggis is widely believed, tho no ayeweys includin the thocht o maikless legs. Cordin tae a scance lowsed oan 26 November 2003, one-third o U.S. veesitors tae Scotland believed the wild haggis tae be a real craitur.
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