Moodasauruses


Moodasaurus: an early 2000AD creature characterized by whining, complaining, and general malaise. Omnivorous bipeds, territorial and hostile, especially to other members of its own species. Found in a variety of biospheres, no specific habitat requirements.

I, the Handler, have discovered two living specimens matching the description above. Unfortunately for me, they appear to be in a territorial dispute. Furthermore, they are showing signs of extremely stubborn temperaments and are resisting all my efforts to tame them. They are also exhibiting extremely sporadic dislike of ever-changing origin.

A short time ago, the larger one, who I affectionately refer to as Biggest, seemed distraught over the wet season that has begun in this area. Oddly enough, he reacted as though the rain was going to turn him into goo, and the wind was going to blow him away.

Another time, walking suddenly became impossible. I’m not sure if this is a common ailment to this species, but I will say that it happened on the way to the mass transport vehicle we use to get around these parts. While they don’t appear to be large by most standards, it is extremely difficult to drag 40lbs of Moodasaurus more than a couple of feet. Considering the smaller one (who I call Littlest) was encased in a containment unit on my chest, and my supplies were strapped to my back, it’s really a wonder we made it at all. The ride seemed to settle Biggest down though, and he was compliant shortl thereafter.

On a similar vein, if given a command that is unsatisfactory, they appear to excrete an invisible sticky substance that makes movement impossible. While I cannot see this substance, and have yet to analyze it fully, it does appear to be easily removed, provided they feel that removal is acceptable. I have attempted to allow for this by replicating their behavior, however, it did not go over well with Biggest, who seemed rather upset that I was unable to take care of his requirements until he followed my instructions. The end result was rather successful though, and the behavior has yet to be repeated.

It seems that the smaller ones, such as Littlest, are intent on establishing independence. They are equally as difficult to tame as the large ones however. The difference is that the small ones make this weird sound similar to what humans call laughter once an attempt to tame is made. They also seem to have trouble distinguishing between “yes” and “no” commands, and have shown a strange contempt for following house manners such as “please”. Weirdly enough, thank you seems to be fine.

Observations on interaction between the males of this species are simply that they can be extremely hostile with one another, and appear to have an inherent understanding of theft. If discovered, outright fighting begins, and I have found it’s best to separate them immediately to avoid injury. It also seems to help to remove the object that was stolen to prevent further problems. Also, they have shown a pack mentality, which is surprising given their territorial nature. However, they have a tendency to follow another’s lead, and if they feel insecure, show a remarkable understanding of sympathy.

I feel that further studies are required to appropriately understand this amazingly odd species, and I will update further as they develop.

The Handler.

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