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Backstory:

In the forest hidden among the trees lies a village full of animals. They live by their animal gods' words. Once every full moon they receive a message from the gods. Occasionally it is a warning hidden among words of mystery. This is one of those cases. The leaders of this animal pack bring these messages to the wise riddlers of the Stack Exchange Cave. This message reads these cleverly spun words:

The answer lies within the group

Slowly rattling its brain for a plan

It is a watching, stalking, creeping rat

Is it you? Is it me?

The trick is it treats you like kin

Is it you? Me, you, or him?

The answer lies within, for the right answer is in the group


What is this dire warning? Can you save the pack?

Hint- It doesn't have to be an animal. You could imagine the pack was a city, or anything else.

Hint2-Tags for this puzzle could be cryptogram and poem

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  • $\begingroup$ Is a snake going to kill a rat? $\endgroup$ – CandiedMango Sep 7 '15 at 0:02
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I'm new here and this is a far shot but...

Is it an evil

gopher

The answer lies within the group

'The group' contains the word 'gopher'

Slowly rattling its brain for a plan

Gophers shake their head around to sense with their whiskers

It is a watching, stalking, creeping rat

Gophers are rodents, and so are rats

The trick is it treats you like kin

Gophers look like small and harmless animals but they secretly plan to rule the world

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    $\begingroup$ That's actually a pretty awesome answer, but no xD $\endgroup$ – Blake Sep 7 '15 at 0:50
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    $\begingroup$ Dammit. I had a feeling it wasn't an animal >_< $\endgroup$ – Bob Schiffer Sep 7 '15 at 1:05
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By a very long stretch, is the answer

Roup?

It is

An infectious disease of poultry and pigeons characterized by inflammation of and mucous discharge from the mouth and eyes.

I believe the backstory is what it was, just a backstory, including the cryptic verse. The only real clue is:

The answer lies within, for the right answer is in the group

gROUP

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