The Balandic Cula

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Female Balandic Cula

One of the more notable mammalian creatures in the Balandic Mountain region is the Balandic Cula, a small scavenger that can be found scurrying around the slopes of the mountains and just above the tree line. The Balandic Cula is the smaller of its larger cousin the Morae Cula  |Môr-rā koõ-lah|. Culas are known to live near freshwater and can be very vicious animals. They do not live in packs but every so often young males will pair off to travel and hunt together. Inevitably, groups will form around kills and fighting will almost always ensue. The Balandic Cula mainly feeds on carrion.  They follow herds of Mountain Uru waiting for the sick to finally die and will even eat each other if food is scarce. They also hunt very small game including The Banded Terrinsc. They have even been noted eating eggs, grasses, fruits, berries, and fish.

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Male Balandic Cula

Balandic Culas have very deep chests that host a large set of lungs for running about the Mountain slopes where the air is thin. Their nostril is also large and is not divided by a septum (it is hollow from side to side). It is believed this allows more air to pass through the nostril to supply more oxygen to the body because of their hyperactive lifestyle. Another theory is that when picking though rotting flesh it allows meat and debris to slide through it rather than getting stuck, causing infection.

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Male Balandic Cula Fight

This species of Cula is believed to have migrated up to these mountains about 950,000 years ago. Because of their rapid rate of reproduction, (females can have up to four litters a year) they have quickly adapted to the cold climate by growing thicker coats than their southern cousins.

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10 Responses to The Balandic Cula

  1. mordicai says:

    I like the effect that it gives them of seeming like they have four eyes– creepy, but without being even a teensy bit implausible.

  2. j.w. bjerk says:

    Cool looking creature. Top-notch artistry.

    The explanation that the lack of septum help increase air-flow seems pretty implausible to me. I can’t imagine how that would help. Especially in a cold climate, having a huge opening (which looks like it can’t be shrunk), which leads directly to about where the brain should be, seems like a good way to damage it. Part of the function of septum, nasal hairs, and the convoluted air-ways is to warm up the air before it gets to the body core.

    • admin says:

      Thank you J.W.! I see your point and that does make sense. The Balandic Cula does have plenty of hair further inside the nostril and their nasal passages could be complicated. Although most of this writing is speculation and will more than likely change over the course of time as more is found about the animals and the world takes more shape. I appreciate your comment and will definitely refer to it in the future! :)

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  6. Michelle says:

    Is this animal real? i had never heard of it. please write back!

  7. tyrone morris says:

    what is the name of the planet itself? how big is the planet? how many moons/suns? how many continents does it have? i really like this art work

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