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Kumalar

Other Names -
Climate/Terrain Arid Mountains, Badlands and Deserts
Frequency Rare
Organization Solitary
Activity Cycle Diurnal
Diet Carnivore

Physical Description

Kumalars are lean, winged feline predators found in arid, rocky regions. At 30 kilograms, they are a bit larger than a lynx. The kumalar is a sleek animal with smooth hairless tan colored hide and large tan colored wings, not unlike that of a bat. The head of a kumalar is very feline with a snout and long whiskers. The cat like tail ends in a spade shaped tip.

Combat

Kumalars are excellent hunters and, like their feline cousins, use a combination of stealth and speed to chase down or pounce on their prey. They are able to fly very quietly and sneak up on unwary prey rapidly. Kumalars have three retractable razor sharp claws on each foot and large fangs. Kumalars are able to fly, but tire quickly. They tend to perch on trees or tall rocky outcroppings to spot prey and then glide in silently for the kill. They are capable of short bursts of high speed flight. They tend to walk and run more than they fly using their wings chiefly to extend their leaps. They are resistant to heat and fire, but susceptible to cold.

Geographic Distribution and Habitat

Kumalars prefer warm, arid regions and can be found in deserts, badlands, rocky mountains and scrublands. They can be found on all three continents near the equator. They do not tolerate cold well.

Ecology

Kumalars are remarkably aggressive hunters and lone kumalars have been known to attack small groups of people. They have been known to snatch chickens, pigs and even small children. Kumalar are distantly related to kittersal, but are much larger and have a very different temperament. Where as a kittersal makes a fine pet, the kumalar retains it wild nature and is notoriously difficult to capture and impossible to train.

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