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Find a message by associating each clue with an animal. It may not be the first animal that you think of! Once you have the message, identify all of the animals.

Dream Electric

Mythical Knees

An edible stick

A false lead to throw you off

Desert

Grreat

Cheeky

A hairless American is one kind of this

Small, hairy land octopus

You're nuts

Lives in the front of the dictionary

Fetches things for VIPs on a film set

Fat with 'a posh box'

HINT:

Animals can be repeated and aren't necessarily real live animals, and at least one is misspelled

CHANGE:

Concerning the particularly difficult and probably a bit to 'trivia' first clue, I've changed 'Electric' to 'Dream Electric'

CHANGE #2:

To help things along, I've changed 'Stick' to 'An edible stick'

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    $\begingroup$ Very nice clue spectrum, from straightforward to esoteric to devious to downright dastardly $\endgroup$ – humn Feb 14 '17 at 13:58
  • $\begingroup$ @humn Thank you very much. I expect that the more dastardly clues will be helped along by the rest. $\endgroup$ – Brent Hackers Feb 14 '17 at 14:00
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Building upon what was already posted:

Dream Electric

Sheep - From "Do Androids dream of electric sheep"

Mythical Knees

Elephants (False internet factoid that elephants are the only mammal with 4 knees)

An edible stick

Crab Stick

A false lead to throw you off

Red Herring

Desert

Eagle (From Desert Eagle)

Grreat

Tiger (Tony the Tiger - Frosties Cereal)

Cheeky

Monkey (From the term "Cheeky Monkey")

A hairless American is one kind of this

Eagle (Bald Eagle)

Small, hairy land octopus

Spider (Small, hairy with eight legs)

You're nuts

Squirrel (nut collector)

Lives in the front of the dictionary

Aardvark (First animal in the dictionary)

Fetches things for VIPs on a film set

Gopher (Slur for film crew assistants)

Fat with 'a posh box'

Elephant (Post box = Trunk, Elephants Trunk)

The Secret Message is:

'SecretMessage' (using the first letter of each answer)

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  • $\begingroup$ You got it. +1 Well done. $\endgroup$ – Brent Hackers Feb 21 '17 at 14:36
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Well, here are my guesses to get things rolling. I will embolden the ones I am confident in or received confirmation on.

Dream electric

SHEEP, a reference to Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Mythical Knees

BEE, from the phrase bee's knees. (If this is correct, maybe a better clue would be proverbial knees or idiomatic knees.)

Stick

BAT, a (rough) synonym for stick.

A false lead to throw you off

HERRING, from red herring (humn)

Desert

EAGLE, from desert eagle (Deusovi) (This answer is repeated below, which is why OP warned about repetition.)

Grreat

TIGER, from Tony the Tiger, whose catch phrase is "They're grrrrreat!" (Perhaps this is why OP warned about the possibility of an unreal animal.)

Cheeky

MONKEY, from the phrase cheeky monkey (Peregrine Rook)

A hairless American is one kind of this

EAGLE, from bald eagle.

Small, hairy land octopus

SPIDER, perhaps. I originally had TARANTULA, and OP told me I had one half right (maybe he was referring to this).

You're nuts

Perhaps BAT, from the expression batty, meaning crazy.

Lives in the front of the dictionary

AARDVARK

Fetches things for VIPs on a film set

GOPHER, a term sometimes used to describe runners on sets and elsewhere. It is sometimes spelled GOFER when referring to this position, which may be the misspelling warned about in the question.

Fat with 'a posh box'

ELEPHANT, a large animal with a trunk (a posh word for box).

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    $\begingroup$ False lead? Stick? Fetches things? $\endgroup$ – humn Feb 14 '17 at 14:04
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    $\begingroup$ @humn, I think you're definitely right about HERRING. I was countenancing that for stick, but it seems too straightforward... $\endgroup$ – GoldenGremlin Feb 14 '17 at 14:05
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    $\begingroup$ How about the added third, @Brent Hackers? It could also be a cheeky misspelled repeat. $\endgroup$ – humn Feb 14 '17 at 14:06
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    $\begingroup$ Desert is "eagle" - the Desert Eagle is a type of gun. $\endgroup$ – Deusovi Feb 14 '17 at 16:53
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    $\begingroup$ Has “cheeky” been confirmed?  I have a powerful hunch that it’s this. $\endgroup$ – Peregrine Rook Feb 15 '17 at 7:03

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