Gormless Cretin
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Item #: SCP-XXXX

Object Class: Euclid

Special Containment Procedures: SCP-XXXX must be kept in a room with an airlock chamber as the only entrance. No personal items or accessories are allowed in the room. Upon exiting the room into the airlock, all clothing must be removed and placed in an airtight container to be washed with artificial SCP-XXXX-1. The airlock will then be sprayed with artificial SCP-XXXX-1. A fresh set of clothing will be waiting outside the airlock chamber.

SCP-XXXX is to be kept in a 1ft x 1ft x 1ft terrarium with a shallow water dish. It is to be fed mulberry leaves and watered daily until it begins constructing it's cocoon. The room must also contain a scalpel, a container of artificial SCP-XXXX-1, and the various devices required for processing, weaving, and treating SCP-XXXX-2.

D-9845 and D-10375 are the only personnel authorized to handle SCP-XXXX-2 before the treatment process. They are also responsible for SCP-XXXX's daily care. If neither D-9845 nor D-10375 are available for these duties, an employee of class C or higher will take over daily care responsibilities. This temporary replacement will be required to wear a bio-hazard suit and gas mask while entering the room. If either D-9845 or D-10375 are terminated, accidental or otherwise, the surviving party will be exempt from all other SCP related duties or tests other than the care-taking and processing of SCP-XXXX and SCP-XXXX-2. In the event that both personnel are terminated, all access to SCP-XXXX will be revoked and the room will be sealed until another capable handler can be found.

Description: [Paragraphs explaining the description] visually similar to larvae of the species Bombyx mori except for vibrant red coloring
life span=7 weeks, goes through the normal life-cycle for the Bombyx mori species up until egg laying (only one egg)
asexual reproduction
can cannibalize the corpse of it's parent to survive, but silk created by that generation lacks anomalous qualities
SCP-XXXX-2 Is harvested during the cocoon stage of SCP-XXXX's life-cycle
SCP-XXXX-2 is extremely pale yellow in color and has a tensile strength of about 25,000,000 Mpa, but can potentially become physically indestructible when wound into thread and tightly woven

Addendum: [Optional additional paragraphs] acquired by an independent branch of ██████████████ (hereafter referred to as FM7) in Southern China between 1400 and 1550 (poor record keeping makes the exact date unclear), and was transitioned to Site-03 after FM7 broke off from ██████████████ as one of the founding organizations of The Foundation
allergic reactions: symptoms begin almost immediately upon skin contact or inhalation of silk fibers (severe swelling and irritation of the contact area, severe anaphylactic shock, and in some instances heart attack) 37% fatality rate, even with immediate medical attention
SCP-XXXX-2-a was a test on 1,000 human subjects to gather data on the allergic reactions
The results of SCP-XXXX-2-a were consistent throughout with a few exceptions
D-9845 and D-10375 were unaffected by exposure to SCP-XXXX-2, implying that while the vast majority of the population is deathly allergic to SCP-XXXX-2, approximately 2 in 1,000 people do not share that allergy
this is thought to be because of either a rare genetic mutation that otherwise has no affect of human physiology, or a hereditary trait
test subject D-8753, when exposed to SCP-XXXX-2, slowly petrified into feldspathic sandstone
D-8753 reported feeling completely normal and comfortable through the petrification process, not seeming to notice and/or care
whether this is a rare effect of SCP-XXXX-2 or if D-8753 had previously unknown anomalous attributes is unknown
further testing on D-8735 will decide whether they should be categorized as an SCP or not
Similar tests were carried out on a wide variety of animals.
The only other species that showed symptoms of allergic reactions to SCP-XXXX-2 were various species of gorillas. Mostly males had any reaction, and the most extreme reaction observed was minor swelling and irritation at the point of contact.
Studying and comparing the genetic makeup of humans and gorillas may lead to an effective treatment against the negative effects of SCP-XXXX-2.