The name “akkoure” comes from the species’ lack of tail, which is absent in all known sub-species. A noticeable characteristic amongst all akkoure are the large fore-limbs and bones in the paw which are hollow like birds wings. These hollow bones allow akkoures to move relatively silent throughout many environments.
Akkoure are found across the Pale Shores, mostly on the mountains in the same territory as the bapuva. In many cases, akkoure will relocate to low-lying flatlands whose glaciers encroach and recede throughout the year. Because they are willing to eat a number of different food sources based on what is available, the akkoure tend to balance out the wildlife of any location, acting as a sub-apex predator of the Pale Shores’ colder regions and routinely keep the numbers of herbivores controlled.
|25-30 cm. | 10-12 in.||3-9 kg. | 7-20 lbs.||3-4 years||Mammals, Fish, Carrion|
Biology and Behavior
Malta akkoure mostly eat fish, small birds, and other animals that burrow through snow. They will eat carrion left by bapuvas if there is little to no risk of being eaten by the large animal. Migratory birds can be an important food source as seasons change and the malta akkoure journeys up and down mountains. If hungry enough, a single malta akkoure might risk taking down a cervugi, though this task is usually reserved for a group of them. As the temperature warms and snow and ice recede up the mountains, their attention shifts to mating and finding a home suitable for raising offspring. While the malta akkoure are solitary for much of the year, once a mate is found, the two will raise their offspring for the first half of its life, roughly for a year and through most of the next warm season.
Interaction with Omneuttians
Malta akkoure are rarely seen by avoc, as they tend to stay away from the seas. Avocs who travel to mountain peaks or glaciers are almost certain to encounter at least one on their journey, however.