Like most people, I am completely afraid of sharks. However, I deeply respect sharks as well. The reason for this is because sharks are one of evolution’s greatest success stories. They are the product of 400 million years of evolution and have survived one mass extinction after another, including the one that wiped out the dinosaurs. Even though sharks are being hunted around the world and some species may go extinct due to human activity, as a whole sharks will outlast mankind like they outlasted countless other species. I respect sharks because of their extraordinary ability to survive the unsurvivable.
I saw this video recently. It shows a Russian couple adopting a pet cougar named Messi. Messi was a beautiful and adorable cat with the personality of an ordinary house cat. The couple spoiled Messi rotten with good grooming, good food, and lots of love. Messi even had an older brother who was a hairless house cat. Whenever the couple took Messi on a walk, they would dress him up in pajamas. Overall, Messi was a wondrous animal to behold with a sweet and charismatic personality.
For centuries, humanity has told tales and legends of sea monsters, great leviathans that filled men with both fear and awe. I am already thinking of including some frightening sea monsters in my second fantasy book, but I am thinking of expanding the marine ecosystem of Gradaia. For instance, I am considering including sturgeons and gar that are the size of whales. Both the sturgeons and the gar are living fossils who lived long before the dinosaurs and yet they are facing extinction due to human interference. I thinking including these mighty survivors in my series will give them a small sendoff that they deserve.
Here is my pit bull Wally and I cuddling.
Percy the chicken perched on my hand like a falcon getting ready to launch. Since there will be falconry in my fantasy series, I have taken inspiration from the experience. She gripped my fingers tightly, pressed her belly on my knuckles, and gently pecked my pinky. I was afraid she was going to peck me on the head because I saw an Animal Planet show in which a giant harpy eagle pecked on a guy’s head while perched on his hand.
I went to the Fall Festival at Concordia University and visited the petting zoo. At the petting zoo, I encountered a frisky chicken with an afro I named Percy. Here is a picture of Percy on my shoulder like a parrot on a pirate’s shoulder.
In addition to owning two pit bulls, I also own a desert tortoise named Speed. He just woke up from hibernation, had a turtle spa treatment, and had a hefty breakfast. One could argue that he is a labrador retriever in a turtle’s body because whenever anyone is near, he just walks right up to them begging for affection. Like my pit bulls, I also draw inspiration from Speed. Since my fantasy book features reptilian monsters, I am thinking of studying Speed’s mannerisms and the texture of his scales and incorporate them into my book.
I saw this video of a man who had a pet fox and it was the cutest and sweetest thing I have seen. The fox loved getting love from his owner and liked to nibble on his hand like some cats do. I think to myself, “Who can say no to that face?” Because of this video, I got an idea of including pet foxes in my fantasy book, but they would be reserved for members of aristocracy just as some lap dogs were back in those days.
At first, I thought of including dinosaurs in my fantasy book. However, I am now thinking of including dinosaur-like creatures of my own design. They will not be creatures that exist in the real-life fossil record, but they will possess traits from multiple prehistoric species. Essentially, I plan to combine a number of similarly built creatures in order to create animals that would only exist in my fantasy world. For example, I am planning to combine features from Tyrannosaurus Rex, Allosaurus, Ceratosaurus, etc into one of the most feared beasts in my fantasy world. Also, some of these creatures will be beasts of burden, others would serve as livestock, and some will serve as either pets or mounts. It is going to be an interesting process as I continue writing.
As an animal lover, I watch videos of cute animals doing cute things. Here is a video of a baby elephant snuggling with its caretaker. This reminded me of how my pit bulls and I cuddle.