|70-100 cm. | 28-39 in.||50-170 kg. | 110-375 lbs.||20 years||Carnivorous|
The origins of the name “bapuva” have been lost over time, as no aspect of the name is a currently recognized word in Aevot, at least, not one that make sense given the characteristics of a bapuva. The most notable physical aspect of the bapuva are their four eyes, the upper two of which they use to look up into trees as they walk through the forest with their main eyes focused on the ground. The majority of the body of the bapuva is a light brown, with the mane and front legs a much darker brown, and the face and inner ears a golden-yellow colour.
Biology and Behavior
The bapuva mostly subsists on fish, though when it moves down from the mountains in the winter, will eat other animals such as the barnma, and cranipxum, due to the lower supply of fish in the cold season. Bapuvas are largely solitary creatures, with males usually striking territory on their own or some times with another or two related males, if a mother has a litter of entirely male cubs. Mothers will travel with their cubs for three to six years before they venture off on their own. Females rarely have more than two litters in their lifetime.
Bapuva will be found in any area where there are a large concentration of fish, usually by mountain streams in the summer, and through low-lying forests in the cold season. During the colder season they will hunt more mammals who are usually storing fat to keep warm, which in turn supplies the bapuva with enough fat to last through the winter.
Interaction with Omneuttians
Bapuva generally leave avocs alone, who have learned over time to not encroach on their territory, and usually fish outside of mountain streams. In rare cases, bapuva will leave forests in the cold season and wander into settlements looking for cranipxum, or warmth.