The New Habitat
and the cow now had an entire new environment to adjust to. Granted,
Illyria was ecologically almost identical to Earth, except without farmers
and farmhands to milk them, feed them, and assist them in procreation.
The bull and cows now had to fend for themselves.
On the planet Illyria, the landscape consisted mostly of flat forests; in addition, though, Illyria had a few small hills, a river, a pond, and a single ocean.
The ocean housed 3 species
of fish and one species of algae. The algae survived by photosynthesis
and primarily provided food for the smaller two species of fish, the Meis
and the Ais. The lager fish, the Kuailes, lived on the smaller fish
and the algae. The pond likewise housed freshwater species of algae
and fish, as well as frogs and other amphibians.
|From producer to each consumer: The algae; the Meis; the Ais; and the Kuailes.|
forest lived one species of herbivorous birds, one species of carnivorous
bird, and one insectivorous; there also lived two species of monkey, one
carnivorous and one herbivorous. The herbivorous bird lived on leaves
high in the trees as to avoid the carnivorous monkey. The carnivorous
moneys and birds lived on small rodents, occasionally wandering to the
nearby shore for a fish, as well as shrubs and tree bark when meat wasn’t
readily available. The insectivorous bird lived on aphids in trees
and picked ticks out of the monkeys’ fur.
The Insectivourous Bird
The Herbivorous Bird
The Herbivorous Monkey
living in the forest was a species of tree dwelling nymph. The nymphs
were excellent hunters and fishers. They would hunt the larger carnivorous
birds for a short while in the Illyrian springtime; they would hunt rodents
during the summer; and they would fish during the intermediate season,
always conscious of the ecological balance of the planet.
of Illyria was almost a mirror image Earth in its simple trophic levels.
That is, until the bull and the cows showed up.