Hello, I am Sojobo, and I've stood silent in the face
of this whole Chia debate for weeks now, I cannot do that anymore. I feel
I'll be able to bring you a unique perspective on this topic, seeing as
I live with 2 other accomplished hunting NeoPets (one of which has been
a Gelert up until a few days ago). From what I can tell Chia owners think
that Lupes should have no problem restraining themselves from hunting
Chias because there's a chocolate supplement available, and while I agree
with the reasons for hunting Chias that most Lupes provide, I feel they
have not been provided eloquently enough to truly support the cause. That
is why, here and now, I will provide you a list of reasons why Lupes have
decided specifically to hunt Chia:
Chias have no knees, they only have a stub going
from their body to their feet, and since they're bottom heavy creatures
this means that Chia's can literally only waddle! A creature that
waddles is much easier to stalk than a creature capable of galloping.
Almost every possible colour of Chia is too bright
and flashy to ever blend into an unsuspecting background, which is
ideal for us.
Chia are everywhere! There's evidence that these
little things even exist in Maraqua, can we be blamed for taking advantage
of their convenience?
Chia have positively no natural defense mechanism
and they are primarily land creatures. Some people wonder why we just
don't hunt Poogle, Kacheek, Aisha, or Kiko. Well Poogle have incredibly
strong and sharp teeth, Kacheek only live in Meadows so only nearby
Lupes can take advantage of them, tempting an Aisha by hunting it
is practically praying for bad luck (not even Lupes will cross a NeoPet
with a love for magic, besides, their ears are too sensitive, we can't
even get close!), and Kiko live in water.
Even the smartest Chia is smiling too big to open
it's eyes. That's a major plus, and since Chia seem to have no external
ear, it makes stalking them easy as pie!
They come in a variety of flavours! I happen to
like pineapples, and luckily enough there is a Pineapple Chia there
to accommodate my tastes with a delicate balance of meaty and fruity
flavour! It's almost like being at a luau whenever I sink my teeth
into a sweet little Chia.
Chia have a scraggly topknot of hair that they never
bother to trim or fashion, often times it hangs down in their faces.
So even if they could open their eyes they still couldn't see us coming!
Those are just some of the reasons Lupes
hunt the pudgy Chia, and granted a lot of us do hunt Chias because we
are a populous pack animal, but what about the other species? Do they
eat Chia too? I asked a few of my roommates.
Hoderi (currently a Kougra, used to be a Gelert)
- "I've gone from being a predator dog to being a predator cat, and I
can honestly say my feelings about them haven't changed. What are Chia
if not food for the carnivorous NeoPets? They're built to be hunted, and
can be flavoured in a variety of ways."
Suitaro (Grarrl) - "It would be foolish not to hunt the little
creatures, I will admit that occasionally I go after bigger prey for sport,
but if I'm hungry then the best dish I can scrounge up is almost always
a flavoured Chia."
Finally, just as a control, I decided to ask my other
roommate, a Mutant Techo (and a strict herbivore) how he weighed in on
the situation. Granted his mind is a bit muddled because he's a mutant,
but his opinion counts just as much as yours does!
Onamuji - "GRAGGH!! I'M SIR CHEEKALOT, TAKE THAT BANDIT! NOW
I'M SIR BANDIT! TAKE THAT CHEEKALOT!"
Sojobo - "You WILL tell me your opinions on carnivorous
NeoPets hunting Chias!"
Onamuji - "WHAT!?!?! HOW DARE YOU SIR! THIS ISN'T BLOOMINGDALES!"
Sojobo - "Your opinions now, lizzard! Speak them or I'm unsheathing
my Super Ice Sword!"
Onamuji - "OH! Why didn't you just say so? I blame them for never
having developed any kind of survival skill, I'm surprised they've been
able to last this long actually. Cybunny learned how to run incredibly
fast, Moehog developed sharp horns to ward you guys away, heck, even Acara
have learned how to dive in the water and hold their breath so you can't
get to them. Meanwhile Chia just cavort around in open areas and are then
surprised when carnivores pounce on them."
There you have it, even the functioning herbivores can
understand the reasons for our hunting Chia. Notions that we can just
abruptly stop eating them because some pet owners and Chias don't like
it is absurd. For all intents and purposes, we are to Neopia what wolves
are to Canada. We are a ferocious pack hunting animal that stalks our
prey in groups, to tell us to stop hunting is like telling a Chia to stop
smiling, completely out of the question. Granted chocolate Lupe treats
are a fair treat, but we are dogs, and dogs get sick if fed too much chocolate.
Our diet, since the times of Sabre-X, has always consisted of meat, and
Chias are the easiest meat for us to snag.
Chias, honestly, this is nothing personal, and we are
all painfully aware that there are other alternatives to hunting Chias
in Neopia, but what you're asking us to do is to change our primal instinct,
and that kind of thing has taken some species of NeoPets millions of years.
Even if we could change, there's always other factors. Forever and a day,
we will always be eating Chia.