- @SUSANNE wrote:
- SO cute !!!
And what a wonderful fantasy you have !!!!
Thank you for your compliment, Suzanne, but thosae creatures are not MY fantasy: they are the Tremors
movies creators' fantasy. I din't invent those creatures, I just represented them as figurines.
Actually, I could hardly ever create such a Dangerous animal myself: I'm way too insecure and easily scared for that.
In fact, back in 1994, in my Secondary 5 arts class, we had to invent a mythological creature of our own, getting inspired by at least 3 different living animals. And I couldn't invent anything more Dangerous than the omnivorous HIPPOLEUS
(female seen below).[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]Hippoleus
is a close relative of the Greek Chimera
. Looking like the hybrid of a lion and a zebu, with ram ears, horse incisors, wide dark stripes Under the eyes (protection against the sun, its ancestor being greek) and flappy goat ears, Hippoleus is not a meat eater, but a large vegetarian who can sometimes eat meat. Hippoleuses are nomadous creatures, so their coat colors are extremely varied: bay, palomino, chestnut, grey, buckskin, cream, etc. Being larger and stronger than the Chimera, the Hippoleus does not breath fire. However, the animal does have a unique defense of its own: if a predator grabs it by the head, Hippoleus will regurgitate strong gastric acid in the attackant's mouth, which will be painful and disgusting for the predator.
Male hippoleuses have a much wider thoracic cage and bigger horns than females. Females also have a mane (protection against predators), but their neck is a lot thinner. However, females have extremely wide hips and thick back legs, which gives them the shape of a pear and makes them a lot less agile than the males; on the other hand, those big indquarters make them able to stand on their back feet for a relatively long time, which allows them to reach branches and food sources unavailable to males, who are unable to stand in this position for long. Also, large hindquarters make child bearing very easy for females and giving birth to a baby never takes them more than twenty minutes, no matter the position the baby may be in the womb.
Anyway, that is the creature I invented in art class at the age of 17 years old. As you can see, it is far from being as menacing as the graboid...