Sz: 33-43 cm. | 13-17” (at head)
Wt: 6-11 kg. | 13-24 lbs.
Cukalls for generations have been used around pori settlements of all sizes. Daily, a cukalls and their handler collect eggs from the ground of pori who have mated. The pori and cukalls will split sessions between when the area is darkest and the light of Astran is peaked—two periods with minimal foot traffic.
The name comes from early Jibhaga, when the species was domesticated by pori. The name reportedly derived from their large noses and split tails.1 Over several generations hundreds of years ago the species was bred to locate and safely retrieve the eggs of pori. They are above beasts of burden in terms of respect and care, and are important to keeping the pori reproductive cycle moving at a controlled pace.1
They are fairly low to the ground due to their short and stubby legs. When the animals occasionally perch on their tails, they can be up to 0.9 m. (3’) from the ground. Their eyes have been bred away in favour of their large noses that take up the majority of their face—it is these noses and their already strong sense of smell that find eggs.1 Cukalls were domesticated not long after the Timekeeping Reset from a similar species in the eastern reaches of Parallelium.1 As part of the domestication process, the numbers of the wild populations decreased to the point of extinction.1
Cukalls typically give birth once or twice in a period of 15 years, with the first set of offspring 3-4 years into their lives and a second set at least 4-5 years later. Most often, pori have not let cukalls breed due to their effectiveness—a single cukalls will not be burdened in a population of five-thousand pori.1