Misa's Laboratory

Bunlotl (3) – The road to adulthood

“I know it’s wrong, but I’ve experimented with DNA. In my tiny laboratory I’ve mixed and combined the DNA of many different animals, but my biggest success was with two of them. The DNA of a rabbit and an axolotl.
I’ve done it! A new species was born! I call it… the Bunlotl.”

 

Characteristics

Now the Bunlotl’s are starting to grow and reaching adulthood it’s time to study them on a characteristic level. For the most optimal results I decided to divide them into two groups for this experiment. One group was released into an outside enclosure in the backyard (group 1) and the other two remained in the living room (group 2).

Group 1 has been released into the backyard enclosure, where they have access to a large pond with fish, water- and pond plants, some grass and enough shelter from an apple tree, filbert, thickets, and tall herbs and flowers.
This group will not receive human interaction or feeding times.

Group 2 has been released into a closed off living room, with sleeping spots and a litter box.
This group will receive human interaction and feeding times.

The results
Survival instinct immediately kicked in with group 1, causing all 3 Bunlotl’s to work together as a group. I noticed that this was done immediately depending on the group’s needs. Each Bunlotl took a role, and eagerly went to work to make the garden a proper habitat for them to live in. Nests made out of twigs, leaves and fuzz were built in the thicket while others defended their territory and collected food. They slept a lot, but took turns in doing so.
The tiny gem on their foreheads fell off, but a new one formed in it’s place quickly, although with a different shape. Every one of them being unique.
At this moment I also noticed some new eggs in the pond, and 20 days later 3 of them had hatched. All three babies were raised in the nests by an adult Bunlotl with a heart-shaped gem, which was very sweet, tolerant and caring.
The two others had developed a trillion- (a triangle shape) and shield-shaped gem instead. The one with the shield seemed very territorial, but also protected the young and adult Bunlotl’s from any potential danger. The one with the trillion-shaped gem appeared to be the one in charge, and appeared to be very firm about it.

Group 2 was a completely different experience, mainly because I played a part in this myself. I tried to train them like one does with a kitten in teaching it to do their needs in the litter box, but I also had to teach them that not everything they saw was edible. Even when it was, like a bouquet of flowers.
I really started to become a part of the group, and I wasn’t just the hand that feeds – despite being away from the group for hours on end to observe the other group or to sleep. This didn’t matter for this group.
What I did notice was that this group didn’t have to survive on instinct, and thus had a big difference in roles within the group. They seemed to be focusing more on me than on each other. Very independent, but not hostile towards one another. They just lived their own lives.
Their gems started to develop too, but ended up being totally different shapes than group 1. This group developed a hexagon- and navette shaped gem, and it became clear sooner than later that they had a completely different role and personality. The hexagon one was very adventurous and extravert, but also very naughty. The navette on the other hand was very calm, relaxed and completely surrendered to me in terms of trust. She was curious about me, while the hexagon Bunlotl just wanted to pay.

This made me curious to how they would respond if they would be alone with me, 24/7. As an assistant or domesticated pet. But I was also curious to the reactions of group 1 if group 2 would be merged with their group. Would they be accepted and become a part of the group, or would they form their own group in the same environment? And if yes, would this group be accepted as a second group in the backyard?
I decided to do the second, and added group 2 to group 1 in the garden.

I introduced group 2 in the doorway to the garden, and the leader of group 1 approached us immediately. He seemed to recognize them from their baby phase, and appeared to be communicating with them. Even though this wasn’t audible for humans. This got me curious, and also brought up another question: how do they communicate among themselves? But this was a question for later.
The leader took them to the rest of the group, where they were assigned a role immediately. They fit in perfectly, and didn’t even notice me anymore. It seemed they didn’t have bonded with me in this short time period after all. At least, that’s what I thought.
The navette-Bunltol eventually returned to me. She pulled on the leg of my pants and squeaked at me. I had to come with her. I walked to the rest of the group with her, where they showed me their three babies. I got tears in my eyes, because not only could they reproduce by themselves and get healthy babies, but I was still a part of their group. I noticed that these babies had a different color. Maybe they were adapting to their environment? This new generation also adapted to the group and fulfilled their own roles later.

 

Communication

There was one thing that I had not quite figured out yet. And that was their way of communicating. They can make cute noises, but that was more towards me and other creatures than to others of their kind. A bit like cats meowing at their owners, but not towards each other as much.
The gem on their forehead turned out to have another function as well, one that I only learned after lots of testing: soundwaves. They were ultra small, but I believe that they communicate with them. Maybe they have evolved further than I thought, and they use telepathy. But I haven’t been able to prove this to date.

 

Release into the wild

The backyard quickly got too small for this growing group of tiny creatures, and it was time to expand their environment. They have to be able to run and swim with those cute bunny legs and axolotl tails of theirs.
They weren’t hunters, but did eat small fish and worms. Enough potential predators in the wild it seems. Because they’re omnivores with a very slow digestive system they won’t starve easily or deplete the soil in their search for food. They also proved very clearly that they can survive and reproduce, so this seemed like the right time to let them go.

A large fenced off area of forest seemed like the perfect spot for the Bunlotl to create a new life in peace, and get started as a new species. They were happy with the freedom and space, which made it easier to say goodbye to them.
On my way back to the car there was a tug on my pants once again. It was the navette Bunlotl this time too. She wanted me to join her this time as well, back to the group. But I shook my head. She decided to walk with me to the car, and then hopped in once the door opened.

Now I have seen that they can also make great pets that meet your personal needs and can be litterbox trained in captivity, I dare to share this with the world. Together with the help of my tiny assistant.

Give these adorable creatures a chance. You won’t regret it!

 

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