Female Hatchling

Female Hatchling
Name: unnamed
Species: Wolpertinger
Birthday: Sunday, April 1, 2018
Owner: jadeliller

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Wolpertingers hatch blind and hairless in messy dreys of leaves and twigs hidden high in the treetops. Despite their relative helplessness, they are born with sharp claws and clinging feet that help them stay in the trees even if they manage to fall out of their nests. After a few weeks, they are ready to explore their homes under the watchful supervision of their mother. Litters usually contain four or five pups, though only one or two usually makes it to adulthood. The hatchlings are unable to fly or jump long distances until they are several months old, at which point they have reached their full size and are chased off by their mother to find their own territory.

Though superficially similar to jackalopes, these curious tree-dwellers lead very different lifestyles and are thought to be unrelated to the horned rabbits. Wolpertingers are only found in the northern reaches of Silva Forest where they can occasionally be spotted jumping from tree to tree. They spend most of their time in high pines and fir trees, rarely coming to the ground unless absolutely necessary. Their bodies are very squirrel-like and it is easy to mistake them for squirrels as the run along branches. Wolpertingers tend to be unusually colorful for forest mammals, and it is thought that the brightness of their plumage and pelage is an indicator of an animal's overall health. Their feathers and the antlers are both involved in mate selection by female wolpertingers. Males have larger antlers than females, which they use during their rut to fight off competitors from their designated territory.

Sprite art: Mysfytt | Description: PKGriffin