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Leocampus #860

General

Leocampi are the bane of reef creatures of the Callisto Isles. Indiscriminate in their diet, these large predators will prey on fish, seals, sea birds, octopi, hippocampi, and capricorns. Large prides have even been seen attacking full-grown leviathans with some success, though these attacks are likely driven by territorial aggression as much as hunger, as leocampi compete directly with sharks and leviathans for prey. Despite the bounty of the reef environment, leocampi must maintain enormous territories to keep their prides fed. The largest males can grow to be as large as karcharos sharks, and all leocampi have retractable claws and large canine teeth. Their bites aren't as powerful as those of large sharks, but they make up for what they lack in strength for their agility and stamina, often bringing down prey by drowning or tiring it.

Egg

This egg makes soft yowls every so often.

Hatchling

Leocampi are born small and helpless, completely dependent on their mothers for their first weeks of life. She usually leaves them in a small hollow in the coral, blocking the entrance with sea weed to stop would-be predators like octopi and eels from reaching the cubs. By the time their stiff fur has grown in, the young leocampi are active around the den and will sometimes follow their mother and the other adult females as they scout potential prey. Hunts are considerably less successful with the cubs "helping out," however, so the mothers will often have the males of the pride babysit the more rambunctious cubs.

Adult

After they have participated in a few hunts of their own, male leocampi are chased away from their family group to form prides of their own. While a particularly strong male might maintain a sizable territory and attract several females, competition is usually avid enough that two or more males have far greater success at each. Often brothers from the same litter will leave together to form a pack, using their combined strength to patrol their territory and fend off intruders. While the males focus on territory maintenance, the females are off hunting, one of the few marine creatures that hunt in packs. Only one in five hunts results in a meal, though, so leocampi rarely turn their nose up at the chance to chase smaller predators away from their kills.

Notes

Obtained from: Donation, Retired
Breeding: Yes
Renaming cost: 20000 gold
Release date: March 1st 2018

Breeds with the following:
Leocampus + Leocampus = Leocampus Cost: 3 shards
Leocampus + Tigershark = Leocampus Cost: 3 shards
Leocampus + Tigershark = Tigershark Cost: 3 shards

March 2018 3-shard Donation Pet

Sprite art: Mysfytt | Description: PKGriffin

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