But there he is, and I will admit I do like him. He's so darn cheerful all the time it's hard not to like him.
His footprints were pretty hard to follow, in the end I decided to wait for him in a bottleneck area I knew he was soon to walk through (based on his footprints latest direction and location) and flared him out there.
And that leaves me with no more pets I am interested in taming and minimal stable slots in which to keep them anyway. My remaining stable slots are reserved for any future spirit beasts, fingers crossed that I can actually stick with that rule this time around.