Name: Camen Votrilli

Category: Pets

Type: Avians

Size: Small

Region: Coastal, Forest

Rarity: Common; Common pets

Lifespan: 3-8 years

Appearance

A camen looks similar to a chinchilla, with large eyes and a similar shape, but bright green eyes. Its fur, which is glossy and of a high quality due to their high-protein diet, is much longer than that of the long- or short-tailed chinchillas.

Due to its natural predators (various forms of foxes), Xanth purportedly helped the creatures with a small genetic boost, giving them a small pair of wings. These wings look similar to a bumblebee's but cannot be used too much. In fact, how they can lift themselves up is a mystery, as is the mystery of how a bumblebee can fly.

The camen's fur is usually a light shade of brown, although various strange mutations have caused rarer colors, like gold, red, purple and green.

Behaviour

Very sweet and even-tempered, camens tend to adapt to the personality of their owner if domesticated; usually being what is called a 'one person' pet, they get rather attached.

If undomesticated, then the camen will be rather skittish and reluctant to go near humanoids unless you've proven you're not a threat. Usually, undomesticated camens will just leave you alone.

Diet: On a diet of eucalyptus (ideally) and other leaves, the creature is generally an herbivore, but will eat bugs as well to get the protein it needs. Protein-rich pet food of any kind will work for the camen, although it cannot eat rodent food.

Habitat: Although it is possible for a camen to live in a cold habitat, it is very uncomfortable and its wings, being so thin and easily torn, don't last very long before damage starts to be done. The camen does much better in warmer climates but can get quickly fatigued in hot weather, preferring temperatures around 20-23°C (68-75°F).

Breeding: The camen seeks a breeding partner at two years of age and breeds for life. Each litter produced has between 2 and 5 babies, and the gestation period is four months. It takes one year for babies to become full grown. Their fur will be a rusty-orange color until they hit two weeks and shed, causing the actual color (usually a light brown) to emerge. Breeding will occur every five months unless one or both of the camens are neutered.

Special Information

Strengths/Abilities:

  • Camens have a keen ability to sense when another living thing is nearby. This provides a strong, but not infallible, defence against predators.
  • Its high-pitched whine can seriously injure the ears of opponents, either temporarily or permanantly deafening them.

Weaknesses:

  • Camens require an exacting environment; they overheat easily, while at the other extreme their wings are delicate and easy to damage in the cold. They prefer temperatures of around 20-23°C (68-75°F).

Uses:

  • Its fur fetches a fair price on the black market.
  • Camen saliva is good for healing minor wounds, a trait developed from a need to aid with the recovery of wings that are easily torn.

Origin: The Camen Islands on Earth?. A chinchilla pair where brought to Elysia? by a settler and they bred rapidly. In around 9,000 XA (1,000 AD), Xanth was given a chinchilla as a gift. Bored, as well as noticing that the species had a hard time staying alive due to predators, she purportedly gave it wings.

Other Info: If a camen gets too cold, it will emit a high-pitched wail until it's moved to a warmer spot. Transfer in cold climates is possible in comfort and without the yelling if the animal is kept in an insulated cage under a small blanket. The camen is much better adapted to warmer climates, but will quickly become fatigued in hot weather, overly exerting itself and falling asleep within minutes.

Creator: Grace?

Creatures Pets Avians Small Coastal Forest Common Common Pets