The Mountain Uru

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Male Mountain Uru

The Mountain Uru is a large three-toed herbivore that lives along the slopes and ridges of the Balandic Mountains. They differ little in appearance when it comes to gender; however, males possess large antlers that are shed bi-yearly. Their fur is thick with two coats: an undercoat of soft wool and a topcoat of coarse hair to keep out moisture and to insulate during colder months. Mountain Urus are well suited to climb because of their flexible, modified toes. The presence of a dewclaw on the front and hind feet also helps in preventing the animal from slipping around slick rocks.

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Female Mountain Uru

Mountain Urus are social animals and tend to travel in groups of 10-15 (all related females and their young) with a matriarch. Males travel alone and are known to be aggressive toward each other even killing the young in competition. Males will seek herds of females only to show off to potential mates. They do battle by emitting deep growls, clashing horns, and chasing each other along the slopes and rocks, trying to knock the other off balance. This fighting can result in severe injury and even death. Once males decide who is more suited to mate among themselves, they prance about displaying their prime for the females. Females give birth to young in mid spring when the weather is less turbulent.

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Male Mountain Urus

Most Mountain Uru can usually be found climbing along the slopes and tundra looking for grasses and Fulmos, a large fungus that grows in the area, to graze on. They have to eat constantly to compensate for energy used in keeping warm.

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One Response to The Mountain Uru

  1. Coolidge says:

    I think the Uru is just stunning, just wish it could be more bold in colour.

    I’m glad I stumbled upon your website. I create things out of no where too except in my case I create nations, peoples and cultures : )

    Ever heard of Sishenku or Isle of Merse and its people called the Markas and where miniature versions of mainland European animals like the bison live ? How about Ovensay and its charming little capital called Estendal ? No ?

    Well, because they only exist in my world.

    Good work, mate.

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