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I was recently rereading some of the reviews of the early episodes of the The Mandalorian, when I had a question from the first episode come back to me. When Din initially finds Grogu, and opens the capsule (identified as a hover pram on the Fandom wiki entry for the episode), it's not made clear exactly what the state of "the asset" is other than Din's commentary about them not looking like a fifty-year-old. Was Grogu in a form of suspended animation? Had the Nikto bandits simply been caring for him the whole time they had him? It doesn't seem to have been covered up to Season 3, Episode 3, which is where I am, but I know there are at least two junior novelizations (I read the Golden Book one, and I have seen one other being sold), and I suspect there may be other extended material out there.

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    I believe there's an early episode where the characters conclude that Grogu's species must be long-lived, precisely because he still acts like a toddler despite being 50+ years old. So they clearly think he's been aging normally this whole time, although they could be wrong about that.
    – Withad
    Mar 30, 2023 at 14:53
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    @Withad So if he's been aging normally, the other part of this question is. . . Who was caring for him and why? Were the bandits keeping him fed?
    – Turbo
    Mar 30, 2023 at 14:59
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    @Turbo - Seems like they're deliberately leaving that a mystery, although they're very slowly explaining it with flashbacks.
    – Withad
    Mar 30, 2023 at 15:13
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    If The Mandalorian was 80% just showing me Grogu getting plenty of snacks and healthy meals throughout his timeline, I’d still be pretty happy with it. Mar 30, 2023 at 15:24
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    "Mando held the tracker in front of him, walking forward as the beeping intensified, following the signal until he found himself looking at a silver egg-shaped container hovering just above the floor. Leaning down, he tapped a release button, and the cover sprang open to reveal a small shape partially covered by a blanket." - Nothing in the novelisation to indicate it's anything other than a metal ball sat on a suspensor
    – Valorum
    Mar 30, 2023 at 19:16

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Valorum posted from one of the novelizations:

Mando held the tracker in front of him, walking forward as the beeping intensified, following the signal until he found himself looking at a silver egg-shaped container hovering just above the floor. Leaning down, he tapped a release button, and the cover sprang open to reveal a small shape partially covered by a blanket.

So it sounds like the container was not actually doing anything other than physically holding Grogu in. Until further information comes in, I will assume that this is the answer.

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