Young, male cockatiel bird outside its bird cage. Showing the distinctive yellow plumage of this lovely and intelligent bird.
When I was a child, my family owned a cockatiel parrot named Rodney. Rodney was a parrot who thought she was a dog and she was an escape artist. Even when we put her in her cage, she always found a way to escape. Her wings were clipped, but she could glide very well. Because she thought she was a dog, she would follow all the dogs in the house and sometimes boss them around. Her favorite spot would be perching on my father’s shoulder.
Also, my neighborhood has a flock of wild parrots who fly over us and scream. Some people wake up to rooster crows, but my neighborhood wakes up to these parrots’ screams. It is because of these parrots that the local ravens and crows don’t attack the smaller birds.
Parrots are the smartest animals in the world. They have the problem solving skills of a six-year-old child in a brain the size of a walnut.
I am thinking of doing a homage to Rodney and my neighborhood parrots by making a fantasy creature that is parrot-like.
When my pit bulls and I went to the dog park today, we encountered this two month old bull terrier puppy named Naia. She was so sweet, friendly, and feisty. She desperately wanted to play with my boys, but she could not touch the ground because she did not get her vaccinations yet. However, that did not stop my boys from sniffing and kissing her like she was their own puppy. I, myself, got to give her lots of love and she smothered me with kisses. I think Naia and my boys are going to have a beautiful friendship as she gets bigger and older. This was their first interaction and it went very well.
I like ligers because they are such fascinating big cats. They are the offspring of male lions and female tigers. Ligers tend to be larger and more powerful than either of their parents and surprisingly quick for their size, bursting with hybrid energy and stamina. They are about the same size as Smilodon AKA the famous saber-toothed cat (minus the sabers). After watching this video of ligers, they are not the big killer cats you would expect. Instead, they are essentially large, lazy, and spoiled babies.
I am thinking of including ligers in my fantasy world and their origins would be based on a local fairy tale and children’s story. I will base this legend on a Greek myth about the Myrmidons. In the original legend, the first king of the Myrmidons prayed for Zeus to give him a strong and powerful people to rule over. Zeus granted his wish by turning every ant on the island into a human and the Myrmidons were born. Because they used to be ants, the Myrmidons were the original Ant-Men.
I just watched the film known as Crawl, which depicted a father and daughter fighting to survive against a horde of man-eating American Alligators as a hurricane ravages their home. While driving home, I was in deep analytical thought about crocodilians in general. I wondered if it was possible for an American Alligator to interbreed with an American Crocodile, resulting in hybrid offspring. I got the idea from the Liger, which is a hybrid between a lion and a tiger. Hybrid animals such as the Liger are known to be larger and more powerful than either of its parents.
With this in mind, I made some calculations about the size of both crocodiles and alligators. American Crocodiles tend to grow to an average maximum length of 16 feet and weigh 1,100 pounds while the American Alligator can grow to an average maximum length of 15 feet and weigh 500 pounds. With these calculations in mind, I think a croc/gator hybrid could grow between 20 to 25 feet in length and weigh between 2 to 3 tons. Also, alligators and crocodiles tend to lay up to 70 to 80 eggs at a time. Imagine that many of these giants roaming about.
Then I raised the stakes even higher when I remembered the killer shark film known as Deep Blue Sea, which depicted genetically engineered sharks that were smarter than either dolphins or whales or primates. Like crocodilians, sharks did not have to evolve for millions of years because they were perfectly evolved killing machines. They have been around since before the dinosaurs and survived every mass extinction event. When you combine that with human-like intelligence, you create a true super predator.
I therefore thought of taking the super smart predator concept and incorporating it into these croc/gator hybrids. Crocodilians are already one of God’s oldest and flawless killing machines. Imagine how much more formidable they would be if they were as smart and calculating as humans. Worse, imagine a creature that is 25 feet in length, weighs 3 tons, and can outsmart and outmaneuver any human that crosses its path. That is a potent mix and gives me the goosebumps.
I will tinker with this idea further in a potential story idea in the future.
I recently discovered an interesting little creature called the nutria or river rat. They are an invasive species that was brought from South America by fur traders. Since coming to the southern United States, the nutria have caused widespread destruction to swamps and other ecosystems. The devastation they cause is so great that state governments pay hunters extra for their fur and meat. Butchers across America have described butchering nutria to be similar to butchering a rabbit.
A couple days ago, I discovered something fascinating. We often think that Megalodon was the most terrifying sea monster in the Miocene oceans. However, it turns out that Megalodon had an arch nemesis that was as big and ferocious as it was. That creature was a close cousin of the sperm whale known as Livyatan Melvillei. It was named after the biblical sea monster Leviathan and Herman Melville the author of Moby Dick. This beast had teeth bigger than Megalodon’s and was an apex predator that attacked and ate everything in the ocean including the occasional Megalodon. I have seen videos of whales outsmarting and killing sharks. Due to this, this creature would have Megalodon’s size and power, but would be much smarter. If you heard whales sing, then imagine how this thing would sound in the water. I can imagine it being louder and deeper than any modern whale call, which would be far more ominous and haunting. I am thinking of writing a book about this whale in the future once my schedule opens up. I am aiming to make this creature the modern Moby Dick!
As someone who owns a tortoise, I am thinking of giving my tortoise a semi-cameo in my fantasy series. At the same time, I will be combining the idea of my tortoise with the Alligator Snapping Turtle and the dinosaurs of old. Imagine an Alligator Snapping Turtle that is as large and powerful as a Tyrannosaurus Rex. At some point, the heroes of my fantasy series will encounter a super predator that is essentially a super sized Alligator Snapping Turtle.