Raulogres are large mammalian creatures found across Sky City Miria, and the entire world. they are found in a wide range of habitats, including forests, prairies, grasslands, and mountains, and even tundras. they are distinguishable by their large bodies, tusks (in males), and bills, which they primarily use to catch fish in rivers, and to rip berries off of plants, while their large ears provide them with a good sense of hearing (as a side note, their olfactory glands in their bills provide them with a sense of smell). Their tusks, however, are often too small to be able to use effectively as a means of offense or defense, leading biologists to believe that they are mostly used as a way of attracting mates or showing their dominance, as well as providing a scarier appearance to help ward off potential nuisances (as a side note, female raulogres do not grow tusks, and are typically smaller than males).
the one in this particular image is a brown raulogre. ranging from 1.5 - 3 meters long (head and body, not including their tail), brown raulogres are one of the largest species of raulogre, and are found across the world in the northern hemisphere. their lifespan is also around 25 years on average.
most raulogres are omnivores, feeding on anything form plants and berries, to fish, fresh meat and decaying flesh, and even insects. there are only a couple species of raulogre that are on the extreme ends of being almost entirely a herbivore or carnivore, but despite that, all raulogre eat whatever they can. they're also very well known for also being scavengers that will also outright steal food sources from others, such as a kill made by another animal, or any meals left out unprotected by any aetherans that decided to go camping in their territory. their bills are lined with small teeth. When combined with their strong jaw muscles, their bills allow raulogres to clamp down on anything like a vice grip. using their bills as a grip, and their paws to hold down the primary source of their target, the raulogre can rip off whatever amount of food they want, regardless if it's a large swath of berries on a bush, or part of an animal. their bills also have the strength to crush whatever is in their grip. their paws, namely their claws, are also notably dangerous due to their size, combined with the overall strength of the raulogre. during the beginning of their hibernation periods in the winter, raulogres will devour a massive amount of food to keep them full during the actual process of hibernation, reemerging in the spring.
raulogres are considered dangerous to aetherans, especially the ones that have become accustomed to people thanks to towns and cities rapidly growing outwards more towards their territory. most raulogres prefer to stay away from people. However, they are known to be very aggressive when they are startled, or whenever they feel the need to protect their cubs or food (some reports state that some attacks have even happened due to predatory reasons). likewise, raulogres have also been hunted by aetherans for sport, food, and folk medicine, and have been kept in captivity for entertainment purposes.
raulogres are often symbolized for their incredible strength, and have been used in heraldry all over the world to symbolize the strength and ferocity of the nation it applies to. the raulogre has also been symbolic of a mother's protection due to the mother raulogre's devotion to the protection of her cubs. For many aboriginal tribes in Miria, the raulogre was also symbolic of rebirth due to their hibernation process. there has also been evidence of ancient raulogre worship in some societies throughout the world.
interestingly enough, their name translates to "river ogre", which is ironic due to the mostly positive view modern society has on raulogres.
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