The first animal we spotted, we called it a camroo because it looks like a camel and a kangaroo. We studied it for a few weeks and found out that it carries its young in a pouch. We were especially interested in whether the animal was edible, so our Animal Containment officer, Chris, killed a camroo and we cooked him. The meat was not top quality and we decided not to base our diet on this species.
The camroos travel in packs and are very territorial. They eat the vegetation around the planet and some large insects. Their hind legs are long and muscular. They have three fingers and their front arms appear to be small, but when the food is up in the taller trees, their arms extend several feet. With their strong hind legs, they can reach very high speeds.
They mate once a year around April and May, and they make strange noises.
We moved our studies to the other side of the planet, the cold desert. We watched for life for days and we finally saw what looked like a rabbit on skies. We observed the animal for a couple of days and found out he had long feet that were smooth and flat on the bottom, we called it the snowski hare. We only saw two of these animals, so we figured they must be mates. They eat by going on the ice and waiting for fish to come toward the surface, then they put their claws through the ice and pierce the fish with them. They move on their long feet through the snow by pushing themselves with their long arms. Since we only saw two of the animals, we deciced not to trap them until we could do further studies.
On our return to our base camp, we ran across an animal that looked like a good sized dirt clump. As we walked right by it, it started to crawl on its four feet, so we decided to set up an observation camp to watch the creature. What gave him his dirt-like look was actually a shell. The creature used sharp claws to dig up small insects. He also had a long snout, short stubby ears, and stood about three feet above the ground. We saw nearly a dozen of these creatures and over a one week period, we watched them. They live in underground dens and we only saw three of their young.
After the week of observation, we decided to move on to base camp for supplies and come back in a couple of days. We'll miss these creatures because they were so friendly and playful.
Designed by: Mike Robinson, Armando Figueroa, Brian Deatherage.