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Yali

A leonine creature found in India, they are generally considered to be smaller, though more magically powerful, cousins of the Wlewā, with some specimens, like Wlewā, possessing large tusk-like teeth, though this is not uniform throughout the species. Generally Yali are grey or brown in colour, similar to the local stone, and though some hunt in groups in the forests, carving out territories even Wlewā do not challenge, many others chose to inhabit warded temples, acting as physical guardians of the place.

Though Yali are no longer seen by the muggle population of India, they are still recognisable, and the creatures are carefully watched to ensure they do not expose themselves to muggles. Much of the time they do not, though small cubs have been known to try to wander outside of warded temples or well protected territory, usually rapidly stopped by their attentive mothers. Temple Yali are especially watchful, and will guard those humans which seek sanctuary there, as well as occasionally donating a whisker or long hair to be made into a wand core.


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(Read about the Yali of Hindu mythology Here. Image is the art of Fel, the biomechanical lion from Hitherto a Lion, which may be learned about Here and bought Here. I hate that I have to include this but PLEASE DO NOT DELETE THE IMAGE SOURCE OR MY CAPTION.)

The most colorful tree in the world: The Rainbow Eucalyptus tree (Eucalyptus deglupta).


The Rainbow Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus deglupta) or ‘MINDANAO GUM’ looks almost like it’s been spray painted, but the up to 70-m tall tree is colored this way completely naturally. Its bark can take on a yellow, green, orange and even purple shading.

If you want to spot a Rainbow Eucalyptus tree live and in all its glory, you’ll have to travel to Indonesia, Papua New Guinea or Philippines where the tree grows natively. However, it has been introduced worldwide as an exotic wood in South America, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, China and other countries.

Image courtesy of Green Renaissance.