Waiflos (singular: waiflo), also known as Woolly Wailers, are a primary source of fur, milk, and meat for the humans and furrs who own them. They resemble a cross between a cow and an ox, but with three-toed hooves more closely resembling the dreyrulian deer's. They are heavy-set with thick, ox-like horns. They have long, thick fur that come in varying shades of brown and black, though rusty reds and oranges are possible, along with the occasional albino. Most come in solid colors, but spotted patterns are fairly common among domesticated waiflos. There are two types of waiflos; wild and domesticated. Wild waiflos tend to be more cautious and bad-tempered than their domesticated brethren, and they are also usually leaner. In the wild, waiflos can only survive in the northern regions of dreyrull due to their warm, woolly coats. Domesticated waiflos can survive in most climates if they are sheared regularly and properly cared for. Both domesticated and wild waiflos are social animals, and tend to stay in herds, both for company and for safety. Waiflos earned their nickname of woolly wailers because of their vocalizations. When communicating up close with members of their own herd, they make sounds similar to Earth's cows, but for longer distance, they raise their voices into an eerie, human-like wail.
Waiflos are herbivores. In the wild, they eat mostly grasses, but when food is running low they may be reduced to eating leaves and even tree bark. Domesticated waiflos may eat a wide variety of foods-- anything that their owners give them access to, from grass to fruits and vegetables to their neighbor's flowers.
In the wild, Waiflos may be found in Northern Jiskadar and Southern Siyari. They prefer open plains and grasslands where a large herd may graze freely. Herds tend to range in number from five to twenty members. Wild waiflos are prey to many of the larger predators in the north. They may defend themselves by striking with their heavy hooves or horned heads, but most only fight when cornered and would rather run away. The elderly, sick, or very young waiflos are the ones that are most often caught and devoured. Domesticated waiflos can be found almost anywhere, however, and are often kept on farms and ranches. In the north, their wool is allowed to grow thick and long, while in the south, it is sheared often and made into blankets, clothing, and other materials. Waiflos may be milked, or butchered for their meat or horns. Though they are not very fast, they are strong and may be used to pull carts as well.
Lore & CultureEdit
There are many stories of people confusing a waiflo's cries with a human's or furr's, and vice versa, but most often the humble waiflo is taken for granted and left out of stories.