carnivore

anonymous asked:

if you have the time - how do you think horses might differ if they were a carnivorous species? like in skeletal structure, overall look, maybe even behaviour etc

First of all, they would not be horses, They would be some sort of eldrich demonic fae beast monstrosity and I would like exactly none of that, thank you very much.

But on topic, some of the way an equine species would need to be modified to become carnivorous include:

  • Wider mouths. Horse mouths don’t open very far and are geared towards chewing high fiber diets. All their dentition needs to change.
  • So does their lips and jaw muscles. The carnivore horse needs to be able to open wide and have a strong bite force. The strongest jaw muscles of horses are for chewing grass side to side, they need more chomping power.
  • Forward facing eyes if this species hunts rather than scavenging. Horses have great peripheral vision but poor binocular vision.
  • A sensible digestive system, for goodness sake.
  • Whether you keep them quadrupedal or make them bipedal is up to you, both motions of locomotion are efficient enough.
  • They may have longer tail bones for increased dexterity when turning at speed.
  • Whether you keep the hooves or switch to claws is up to your design, but the claws are definitely more concerning.
  • Continuing to live (and hunt) in a group keeps the horsey flavor and is extra concerning. Imagine them playing tug of war with a corpse like wolves do.
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A brown bear from LIMA, Peru

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Baby sun bears are born blind, hairless, and helpless, and are completely dependent on their mothers for their first three months.  Their mothers will carry them in their mouths or, unusually, by cradling them in their arms while they walk on their hind legs, a behaviour seen in no other bear species.  The cubs nurse from their mother for around 18 months, and will stay with her until they are two years old.  Females are ready to find a mate of their own by the time they are three, and males reach sexual maturity at around four.

Hircine’s meat loaf

Hircine is the Daedric Prince of the Hunt, and this meatloaf often served in his honour is a token of the hunting prowess of his followers. Regardless of whether or not you worship the Daedra, this hearty dish is the perfect use of your hunting catch. Moist, melt-in-your-mouth, and flavourful, it’s no wonder that this dish is offered in tribute to Hircine himself.

You will need:
650g ground beef, venison, or other red meat
100g ground chicken or turkey
1 cup breadcrumbs
1 egg
1 cup milk
1 onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, diced
2 tsp garlic salt
½ tsp pepper
2 tbsp dijon or wholegrain mustard
2 tbsp smoky barbecue sauce
1 tsp hot sauce
Olive oil
2 tbsp dried Italian herb mix OR 1 each fresh sprigs of basil, rosemary, thyme, and oregano, chopped

Method:
Preheat your oven to 175C/350F and grease a medium-sized baking tin or Pyrex dish with olive oil.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the meats, egg, onions and garlic, garlic salt, pepper, and 1 tbsp of the herbs. Mix well, then add the breadcrumbs and milk. Continue to stir until a smooth and even paste has formed.

Transfer the meatloaf to the baking dish. In a small bowl, mix together the mustard, barbecue sauce, hot sauce, and remaining herbs. Baste the top of your meatloaf with the mixture.

Bake for 1 hour and leave to cool for 15 minutes before serving.

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Sea otters spend much of their time alone, but when resting they form all-female or all-male groups called “rafts”.  These rafts can be as small as ten animals or as large as a hundred, but the largest raft ever recorded contained over two thousand otters!  While sleeping, otters in a raft or alone may wrap their bodies in kelp to keep themselves from floating out to sea.