I have a Chompy speculation...
Remember when Tokka let Raph keep Chompy?
It struck me as odd.
Chompy is Tokka’s baby. Using her mommy powers of omniscience, she tracked him down and flew millions of miles through space to retrieve him. She was ready to destroy New York City to find him and bring him home.
Yet after Raph surrendered him without a fight, she let him keep Chompy. She then flew away, basically making the trip for nothing.
I began to wonder, what mother just gives up her child like that?
If I had a child who went missing, and someone benevolent found him or her and took good care of them until I came to reclaim the them, I would be very grateful to the person who found them, but I’d still want my child back. Even if they’d grown attached to my child, I’d be like, “I’m sorry about this, and thank you for all you’ve done, but I need to take them back now.”
So why would Tokka give up Chompy just because Raph loves him?
I tried to think of reasons why a mother would be willing to give up her child, and I remembered the story about two women going to King Solomon fighting over a baby. The first one said the second rolled over in her sleep and crushed her own son and he died, so she switched their babies. When the first woman woke up, she saw her son was dead but then noticed it wasn’t really her son. The second woman was like, “Nope! He’s yours! Yours died. The living one is mine!” So King Solomon was like, “Okay, someone bring me a sword. We’ll cut him in half so each of you gets part of him.”
The first woman said, “No! She can have my son, just let him live!” and the other woman was like, “Go ahead and kill him. Then neither of us will have a child.” King Solomon then knew who the real mother was.
My point is, a real mother would rather give up her child than have them die.
It made me wonder if something awful would have happened to Chompy if he were taken away from Raph.
Even in “The Ever-Burning Fire,” Chompy was very attached to Raph and reluctant to leave him. I mean, Raph was the first living thing Chompy saw when he hatched.
Maybe Vorkathian fire tortoises imprint on the first living thing they see.
No, I ain’t talkin’ about the imprinting in Twilight.
Google defines imprint (in zoology) as “(of a young animal) come to recognize (another animal, person, or thing) as a parent or other object of habitual trust.”
Chompy may know by instinct that Tokka is his mom…
…but you can totally tell he sees Raph as his caretaker.
What if young Vorkathian fire tortoises die if separated from the one on whom they’ve imprinted?
Chompy was so excited to see his mom, but the moment he realized she was taking him away from Raph, he became distressed.
He immediately tried to look for a way to get back to Raph, and when he couldn’t find a way, he cried out for his dada.
(Understandable even without this depressing theory, of course… all babies go through a period of separation anxiety.)
When Tokka gave Chompy back, you can see Chompy shaking as though he were crying and sniffling.
But do Vorkathian fire tortoises cry? What if Chompy was shaking because the distress of being separated from Raph was already causing him to give up and shut down?
What if Tokka let Raph keep Chompy because she knew her baby would quickly die without him?