Argo Study Trip, Entry 33
Day 62: Love Under the Moon
Only eight more days before the end of our study trip, and we still had yet to find the last two dragons on the list. We were running out of time, so I insisted that we needed to take care of everything fast, but Stash said that we needed to approach this carefully from here on out. I would have wanted to argue further but I respected his love of his home planet, so...
Anyway, our next destination was the mountains up north almost to the border of Tas, where it meets the subcontinent Gotas. This was reportedly one of the habitats of another rare dragon, the Dotron, prior to its numbers dropping due to poaching and habitat loss. As of late we have been reporting fewer and fewer sightings. Supposedly, Wendell had reported a male sighted, while Lizzy spotted a supposed female heading towards the opposite direction. I wasn't exactly eager to camp out in a snow-covered alp like we'd done the last few times, but since Dotrons mated and raised their young in the snowcaps to avoid predators, my best course of action was to suck it up and hope for the best.
A while earlier we had tagged a captive-bred young male, named Noctus, probably the same one Wendell mentioned. When we arrived at the mating grounds where the last few Dotrons were gathering, I was surprised to find that he had scored lucky, the first time an individual of the species had done in a while. The young wild female he had attracted had lost her parents due to an Anatheman attack, and she was lonely. The captive-bred Dotron was her ideal source of company but they had been separated due to occurrences we had yet to determine. Now, however, they were reunited, and this time, I was pretty sure it was for real.
Aside from Noctus and his mate, however, there were only less than a dozen other males courting in the snow, with even fewer females. I could see two males fighting over the same chick on several occasions. Considering that this gender imbalance has resulted in disastrous consequences for other species, it's no wonder that Sensei Stash is becoming increasingly worried...
Drawing 11 of 12 for ~The-Great-Stash
. This was another simple-background one that I figured I'd finish now that finals are complete (I'll explain soon enough). I had the hardest time coloring the mane of the male... I shouldn't have made it so fluffy but, well, it was what he wanted after all.