Male Hatchling

Male Hatchling
Name: unnamed
Species: Leocampus
Birthday: Thursday, March 1, 2018
Owner: RobotChimera

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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.

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.

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