Here’s a creature concept I picked up while exploring DeviantART. It’s by US artist Kevin Yan (yty2000). Here’s how the artist describes the creature:
The stocky, sluggish Boranus is a scavenger. It has an extremely keen sense of smell, and can pick up senses of death or near death from miles away. Boranus feeds mainly on already dead animals, as it travels through misty forest lands, looking for carrions. They’ll sometimes drive away smaller predators and steal their kills. Boranuses use the giant claws on their forelimbs to quickly dismantle the carcass then swallow the smaller parts whole. Like many other scavengers, they’ll eat anything they find, but prefer internal organs. Boranuses dine happily on their favorite item–manure-filled intestines, which most predators shy away from.
I like the idea that they specialize in scavenging food that other animals would likely leave behind. It makes perfenct sense as a survival strategy. I also like the shape of the mouth, designed for scooping up and swallowing all those nasty rotting guts.
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Artwork and description by Kevin Yan.