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 Post subject: Re: Animals to the Stars
PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 1:53 pm 
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Thanks! These are all wonderful ideas.

I knew I came to the right place to get ideas! :)

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 Post subject: Re: Animals to the Stars
PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 9:23 pm 
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Pets: ferrets, parrots, parakeets, songbirds, Australian magpies, crows, mongooses, pythons, iguanas, crickets, maybe monkeys.

Ecosystem essentials: ants, termites, earthworms, dung beetles, carrion flies.

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 Post subject: Re: Animals to the Stars
PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 3:11 pm 
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The suggestion of monkeys as pets just made me think... do your planets still have assistance animals? Helper monkeys, guide dogs and so on? Or have those functions been taken over by the Internet of Things, robots and/or being able to 'cure' any and all disability?


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 Post subject: Re: Animals to the Stars
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I am thinking that this will be standard Cepheus Engine/Traveller, so that detail will be dependent on the culture.

I could see Monkeys and possibly Lemurs has pets in some cultures.

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 Post subject: Re: Animals to the Stars
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Interesting to think about worlds with accidental pest problems, like rabbits in Australia.


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 Post subject: Re: Animals to the Stars
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I was actually going there myself. It could be really interesting that an essential animal on one world is a pest on another.

Mongooses (mongeese?) in the Caribbean are one perfect example. Brought in to hunt rats, they ended up killing off the native birds. But they are essential to the ecosystem in other parts of the world.

Extreme forms of this could have Chickens or something like that killing off a native insect that is vital to the native plants being harvested by the colonists, so now they have a Chicken pest problem... :)

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 Post subject: Re: Animals to the Stars
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Matt Wilson wrote:
Interesting to think about worlds with accidental pest problems, like rabbits in Australia.

We have dozens of them. Rabbits, mice, cane beetles, cane toads, pigeons, starlings, sparrows, cats, foxes, horses, camels, water buffalo, deer, pickly pear, lantana, camphor laurel, fireweed, bitou bush, Monterrey pine, privet, weeping willow, bamboo, Pacific oyster, carp, rainbow trout, water hyacinth….

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 Post subject: Re: Animals to the Stars
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Yes, don't forget the plant pest species. Especially the 'ooh that would look lovely in my garden' sort, which then spread and have people constantly battling to eradicate them. Such as rhododendron bushes, Himalayan balsam, Japanese knotweed and giant hogweed.

And that animal pests fall into 2 categories:
1) How the hell did those get here? The animals stowed away.
2) What this place needs is some xyz. Humans deliberately introduced them. I think most of Australia's animal pests fall into that category!


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 Post subject: Re: Animals to the Stars
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All excellent suggestions! Now to figure out how to include it...

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