Male Hatchling

Male Hatchling
Name: unnamed
Species: Stargazer Cat
Birthday: Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Owner: Lex

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Stargazer kittens are born tiny and helpless, entirely dependent on their mothers for their first few weeks of survival. By the time they are ready to come out of their den, they are bright-eyed and active, keen to sniff or pounce on anything in their immediate vicinity. They require constant supervision as they are liable to get themselves into trouble rather easily, and their mother is always close at hand to keep them safe. Litters can include up to ten kittens, the males easily distinguished from their sisters and mothers by night-blue fur. The kittens stay with their mother for over a year before heading out on their own.

The ibex and yales of the Alasre Mountains face many threats on the treacherous slopes, including gryphons and dragons, but their primary predator is a smaller more inconspicuous creature: the stargazer cat. These felids are modest in size, between 50 and 100 kilograms, but they are capable of bringing down prey their own size or larger. The stargazer cat is stealthy and nimble, able to climb large trees and steep slopes almost silently. Their thick fur protects them from the harsh wind and the snow of the Alasres, but it also has one particularly unique feature not seen in other cats. The females remain a golden-brown color their entire lives, but the males have a deep blue coat that becomes lit at night by starry speckles. Both male and female cats can use the stars to navigate, and make long treks through the entire mountain range in the pursuit of prey.

Sprite art: Tekla | Description: PKGriffin