Female Hatchling

Female Hatchling
Name: unnamed
Species: Tandon's Falconerifas
Birthday: Thursday, September 17, 2020
Owner: Enchanteddil

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Elephants have a notoriously long gestation period, though falconerifas only carry their eggs for fourteen months compared to the twenty two of mainland species. The eggs are fairly quick to hatch, however, and the calves are adorable miniature versions of their parents, small enough to be held like a cat. Young falconerifas are quite shy, but once acclimated to their surroundings, they can be quite playful. At the Keep, hatchling falconerifas can often be seen following their magi around, tugging on their robes if the magi starts walking too quickly for the small elephants to keep pace with them. The youngsters grow slowly but prove adept at learning. Their trunks make them useful for fetching specific items, and though not nearly as strong as larger elephants, falconerifas can still lift as much weight as a fully grown man.

Thousands of years ago, the ancestors of the falconerifas were ordinary elephants grazing on the mainland, back when tropical forests reached all the way to Alveus. Somehow, perhaps by swimming, these elephants made their way to Calidis and became trapped there. The environment harsher than they were used to, selection pressures forced the descendants of these elephants to grow smaller and smaller until they were no larger than dogs. Falconerifas are the smallest known true elephants, a result of insular dwarfism. They are endemic to Calidis where they hide in the dense forest brush, relying on their colorful skin patterns to keep them hidden from predators like Calidis dragons. Neither males nor females have tusks, but their trunks are still remarkably strong for their size and dexterous enough to pluck individual seeds from the pods of flowers. Shy in nature, Falconerifas are so good at hiding that they have only been spotted a few times in the wild. They are depicted occasionally on the walls of the Ashen temple, dressed in elaborate decorations and painted with colors even brighter than those that appear on the wild animals.

Sprite art: Jrap17 | Description: PKGriffin