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The Neopian Times Week 29 > Articles > Anatomy of a Shoyru

Anatomy of a Shoyru

by teresatheperfect

Lately I have been reading a lot of articles about what kinds of NeoPets have what kinds of personalities. But has anyone ever tried to figure out why a certain NeoPet looks the way it does on the outside? Since my Shoyru, Dragontail (dragontailtheperfect) can only claim to know anything about Shoyrus, I have written my article about Neopia's favourite flying dragon.

Head
First of all, the Shoyru has what appears to be a spike or a fin protruding from the top of its head. The purpose of this is not entirely clear. Dragontail thinks that it is so the Shoyru is more streamlined when flying at high speeds through the air. It could also be a weapon of some kind, used in self-defence (though Dragontail says she has never used it in that way). I could be for balancing purposes, as well.

Ears and Eyes
The Shoyru has no visible ears, though it can hear - just not well. (This might explain why Dragontail always has to turn up her Neohits CD to the highest volume and wake the neighbours.) To make up for their poor hearing, Shoyrus have an amazing sense of sight, as evidenced by their unusually large eyes. Shoyrus are especially known for their night vision because they were originally nocturnal.

Nose and Mouth
The large bump in the middle of the Shoyru's face is commonly referred to as its nose, but this is incorrect. The Shoyru actually smells with the pads of its fore and hind paws. Also, the Shoyru is an omnivore (meaning it eats both meat and various plants) and this is reflected in its teeth. The Shoyru's mouth is filled with small, sharp teeth at the front used for biting and cutting (usually meat), and flatter molars at the back used for grinding up its food (both plants and meat). Modern Shoyrus enjoy eating a variety of foods from NeoCrackers to Taco Dogs to Asparagus (Dragontail prefers chocolate and pizza). The diet of the ancient Shoyru consisted of insects and small vermin as well as indigenous plants. The Tyrannian Shoyrus (who have somehow managed to remain virtually the same for hundreds of years) can still be seen hunting at night for these same foods in Tyrannia.

Wings
A Shoyru wings are similar to those of Korbats and Scorchios. Shoyrus do not fly by flapping their wings madly like a Pteri or a Buzz (that was how Dragontail described it, not me); rather, they glide on warm currents of air, especially those produced by the volcanoes of Tyrannia. Shoyrus also have very powerful wings - they are commonly regarded as the fastest flyer of all the NeoPets (as a Shoyru fan, I would have to agree).


Body
The Shoyru's body is chubbier than most other pets because it uses the extra layers of fat for warmth in colder climates (Dragontail and I have noticed that the Shoyrus from the Lost Desert and Tyrannia are generally skinnier than those from Terror Mountain or the Haunted Woods). Though they do not appear to be, the Shoyrus are actually a well-muscled NeoPets, with most of its strength coming from its powerful wings, hind legs, and tail. The tail is actually the most important body part in terms of a Shoyru's balance. Also, the Shoyru is covered with a fine layer of hair (well, more like fuzz really) that it uses partly for warmth and mostly for extra padding.

Well, that's about it for this article. If you would like to learn more you can visit the Neopian Shoyru Museum in Tyrannia or check out Shoyru related books (particularly Shoyru Heroes and Caring for Shoyru) at your local bookstore.

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