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Laakuju

Life-size statue of a Laakuju.

The Laakuju is a mammal native of South African oases. The Laakuju is a species of otter. Laakujus are large predators with diets that mainly compose of elephants and giraffes. On average, Laakujus live to 10 years old. They are fully grown in about 1 year. Full-sized Laakujus are around 4-5 meters long and can weigh up to 10,000 lbs. Unlike other otters, they are unable to leave water throughout their entire lives as they are unable to breath on land. Scientists have also recorded instances of Laakujus engaging in cannibalism. Laakujus hide underwater in oases to stalk their prey. Jason Allen, a Laakujuologist, says, "The pelts of Laakujus are able to change colors to match the exact hue of the color of it's surroundings." Laakujus are currently an endangered species. According to Allen, there are probably only around 10 left in the South African savannah. Allen says, "The main reason why their numbers have drastically reduced in the last few years is due to increased cases of cannibalistic activites. Over time, elephants and giraffes have also began to realize which oases are inhabited by Laakujus. The decrease in food from these other animals have left the Laakujus resorting to eating one another." Laakujus historically have been revered by the aboriginal people of South Africa. They have been treasured for their color-changing pelt, large size, and prowess while swimming. There is an ancient myth that there was such a large flood one time that the Laakuju was able to freely roam around the South African landscape. Eventually, the Laakujus terrorized villages as they preyed on humans. However, they went too far away from their respective oases. The large flood was followed by an even longer drought. Unable to reach a source of water to breath in a timely fashion, a large portion of the population of Laakujus died.