More fun with fantasy animals.
In addition to coming up with convincing BS anatomy for them, you also get to invent their whole natural history!
I did this drawing of a hatchling griffin about thirty years ago, and started working on the problems about how they have babies. I took the easy way out and assumed that they are hatched from eggs in nests and were fed the way eagles feed their young, but with horse guts instead of ground squirrels . Did you know that griffins eat horses?
There are some fantasy creatures that have pretty strange reproductive methods. The Cockatrice hatches from a black egg laid by a rooster, and brooded by a toad. Good thing that doesn’t happen often. Minotaur had a human mother and I assume was delivered normally, but gad, I hope the father was one of the small headed breeds of cattle.
Phoenixes hatch themselves, that is really weird. That’s the ultimate inbreeding.
But what about all the other fantasy creatures? What does a pregnant mermaid look like? How do the babies get OUT? Does the mother develop a dark “gravid spot” like guppies do?
What does a pregnant centaur look like? Which uterus is the baby carried in?
What does a pregnant thestral look like?
Have any thoughts on this subject?