|4.6 m. | 15’ 2″||360-500 kg. | 800-1100 lbs.||15-20 years||Herbivore|
|Parallelium||Social||Pekataro||Superficial spot placement and tail colouring|
While not a direct translation, danapounc comes from the Jibhaga words for for “tall” “long” and “neck”. As one might expect, their long necks are a clear visual distinction from the rest of the wildlife in Parallelium. Additionally, the species has two distinct sets of appendages: a pair of pawed forelegs and a pair of long-clawed hind legs. A long tail roughly the length of the hind legs helps to maintain balance while standing on the aforementioned hind legs. The species sports splotches of darker fur with spots of white fur in two areas and the markings seem to be individualized. The splotches and spots can be seen on the back of the lower neck, just above where the head and neck meet, and in a similar area where the tail and hindquarters meet.
Biology and Behavior
Danapounc live in roaming packs in search of the leafy trees that sparsely populate Parallelium. Though they can survive on short grasses, lichens, and moss, the species of trees they prefer are better at converting the mineral-rich soil into nutrients for the danapounc.
These roaming packs seem to be controlled by an alpha female, whose horns are longer than the number of males that court her. While she takes care of newborn danapounc, the numerous males of the pack that mate with the alpha female protect her from the other females of the pack. Males fight amongst themselves to be seen as desirable by the alpha female.
Danapounc roam the flatlands of Parallelium and stay away from the hills and volcanoes. One might assume that between their pawed forelegs and long-clawed hind legs that they could climb the hilled areas, they have only been seen climbing the tallest trees to reach leaves. They are the only species known to eat the leaves of these trees.
Interaction with Omneuttians
Due to their aversion of volcanic climates, pori and danapounc due not come into contact often. In the event that cities expand into flatlands, roaming danapounc have been seen to come back to previous feeding grounds only to find developed land.