The Kawuk is a reputed cryptid existing on a Southeast Asian island, where a maximum security prison is located. The kawuk has been described as looking like a very large monitor lizard, about the size of a medium-sized dog, with green or grey skin and a long thick tail. The difference between it and other monitors is that when the kawuk decides to jog or run, it rises up on two legs and holds it’s shorter arms to it’s sides. The back legs are said to be longer and more muscular than the arms, which can be used like hands. Kawuks are said to hunt in packs, like wolves, and run their prey into a corner before they tear it to pieces with razor-like teeth and large claws.
Could the kawuk be a population of monitors who developed a culture of walking on two legs? Many animals have groups that form their own cultures and practicies, like the water tigers, or the elephant killing lions and the lion-eating chimpanzees. Could this be a similar case?
Or could the kawuk be a all new species of monitor? A return of large bipedal carnivores? A real life ‘raptor’ for the future of the Earth?
Shout out to FernandoooOOOo
Hypoemtasia Bestiary – Kawuk by Hypoem87
Shan-Gri-La, a continent which houses a large number of faunas, has her own collection of herbivores and carnivores. Carnivores like the tyrannosaurs and the dromaeosaurs are the big players in the ecosystem throughout Shan-Gri-La: the tyrannosaurs are distributed throughout the Eastern and Southern region of Shan-Gri-La (some populations made themselves home at Southern Sinotasia at spring and summer); whereas the dromaeosaurs are distributed throughout the Northern and Western region of Shan-Gri-La (with some inhabiting the southern region of Sinotasia, in small numbers). There is one genus of theropod that belongs to neither family that also made Shan-Gri-La their home.
Measuring at a length of between 4 to 5 meters long and weighing between 300 to 400 kilograms, the Kawuk is a medium-sized megaraptoran that inhabits the rainforests of Southeastern Shan-Gri-La and the surrounding islands where the Pseudotyrants and the Taoties are rare or absent. Like all megaraptors, they possess a pair of strong and flexible arms tipped with three large meat hook-like claws to grab or latch onto their prey. Their serrated teeth are built to rip and tear the flesh of their prey, not dissimilar to the other megaraptors that do not possess the strong jaw muscles the tyrannosaurs possess. Ambush predators, the Kawuk will utilize the underbrush of the rainforests and approach their prey quietly, before bursting from the brush and use their large claws to grab or hold their prey on the spot and kill them using their large claws. They possess a body coloration of either light or lime green with brown stripes, however a small number of melanistic individuals are also seen throughout the deeper regions of Southeastern Shan-Gri-La. Males possess an inflatable reddish orange throat pouch which they used to attract the females.
Continuous K-strategist, they can mate at any time throughout the season. Not much is known about their courtship, but it is widely presumed that the males will engage in intraspecific fights to earn the rights to mate with the female. They lay small clutches of eggs numbering between 2 to 4 at places in between the tree roots and cover them with dried leaves and twigs, while letting the sunlight to incubate their eggs. The male and the female will constantly watch their nest for two weeks until the eggs hatched. The young megaraptors will be taken care by their parents for a period of 8 to 10 months before they can forage on their own. Subadults Kawuks usually hunt in a group of 2 to 4, whereas adults only hunt by themselves.
The Kawuks are often given the nickname “grave raiders” or “Perompak Mayat (Corpse Snatcher in Malay)”, as they are known for digging up hastily buried human corpse in search of an easy meal. Despite their nickname, their practice of eating corpse is only something that they do when food source is extremely scarce or when they are unable to hunt like they used to. However, very few of them do eventually develop a taste for human flesh and turn to full fledged man-eaters. Said man-eaters often terrorize rural settlements during the darkest of night, all the while evading from the radar of the search party. As such, many settlement residents will build a barricade made of concrete and emplaced with razor wires to barricade them from entering the settlements. Some would go as far as creating armed patrol, risking their lives to ensure the safety of their settlement.
Inspired by the Kawuk, a reptilian/saurian Cryptid of Indonesian origin; based on the megaraptors, particularly the Australovenator.
Credits to DinoDragoZilla17 (www.deviantart.com/dinodragozi…) for suggesting the Kawuk!
Yeep, finally a new megaraptoran for my Hypoemtasia Bestiary series!
More GUUD stuff to come soon BOIZ and GURLZ!
Hold on to your butts and stay safe!
Canon G2000 series Date Taken Apr 17, 2020, 9:17:26 PM
Published: Apr 18, 2020
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Neato! This was a new one on me! On Karl, too, I think!