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Flora and Fauna of Heluso and Milonda
Kitshees are native to Heluso and are reasonably widespread, although overall fairly uncommon. They resemble Earth’s hyenas more than anything, looking like large vaguely misshapen dogs with lanky legs, floppy ears and wide, tooth filled mouths. Their most unusual feature is their incredibly expressive faces, with eyes that people have claimed look practically human. It is well known that Kitshees are incredibly intelligent, although few know exactly how good they are at communicating with each other and planning beyond what any normal animal should be able to do. They form packs that are usually headed by the smartest rather than the strongest, although they do have a complex social structure of cliques and friendship groups. Kitshees do not breed in captivity and do not respond to training, becoming despondant and depressed if kept in captivity. The very few “domesticated” Kitshees are ones that were captured as babies and raised from infancy.
Kitshees are not quite the national animal of Uldholm – in many rural areas they are rightly considered to be a threat, as a pack of Kitshees intent on feeding from a farmer’s livestock are far more difficult to discourage than a wolf pack. However, their craftiness, tenacity and intelligence are qualities that make them fond objects of folklore and song in Uldholm.