Okay first things first this is not a freaky question, I just thought that the scene of Danaerys "feeding" her dragons was put there for sexual purposes. If I am not mistaken certain animals can't be suckled by certain other animals due to anatomical features, so why was it possible for Danaerys to feed her dragons? Was this possible?

  • 3
    I'm not VTC since I don't follow GOT, but I'm pretty sure this question will get closed as primarily opinion-based. It's up to the author to decide what is possible in his story. Commented Jun 13, 2014 at 6:21
  • 6
    In order to suckle, you need lips and cheeks. Since dragons do not (seem to) have either, that would make suckling difficult. Additionally, reptiles and birds do not breastfeed, as far as I know. But dragons do not exist, so GRRM is free to describe them in whatever way he chooses. As has been mentioned before, a certain suspension of belief is required to read fantasy: If you are ready to accept dragons themselves, breastfeeding dragons should not be all that impossible.
    – TLP
    Commented Jun 13, 2014 at 8:12
  • 4
    I don't think this should be closed so quick. It's possible that GRRM may have answered it in an interview Q&A (like the "Are Targaryens immune to fire?" question) so let's give it time for the possible existence of such an answer to be found.
    – user8719
    Commented Jun 13, 2014 at 9:43
  • 9
    After all the things you've seen on this show, this is what strikes as unrealistic to you? We have giants riding wooly mammoths, humanoid ice creatures that can conjure up the dead, sorcerers with real magical powers... But you're hung up on the how mythical fire-breathing creatures can be breastfed? Commented Jun 13, 2014 at 16:31
  • 3
    @RoyalFlush giants riding mammoths makes sense (Sentient creature domesticating another animal of suitable size for their carrying capability). The walkers resurrecting people and sorcerers are literally explained by magic. Dragons breastfeeding is illogical.
    – user16696
    Commented Jun 14, 2014 at 1:26

3 Answers 3


This video of ducklings 'nursing' on a foster cat mom might be enlightening (at about 2:45). The natural instinct of ducklings to forage led them to discover that nibbling on the cat's nipples would result in a bit of liquid nutrition. Ducks wouldn't have the ability to digest milk, but presumably they didn't get enough to be harmful.

  • 2
    "Ducks wouldn't have the ability to digest milk, but presumably they didn't get enough to be harmful." -- they wouldn't be able to digest lactose, the sugar that's the main calorie content of milk and which mammals have evolved a special enzyme to digest, but there's also a bit of fat in milk which would give them at least some calories I think.
    – Hypnosifl
    Commented Jun 14, 2014 at 12:13
  • 9
    out of curiosity I googled the composition of human milk vs. cat milk -- the chart at ansci.illinois.edu/static/ansc438/Lactation/catsdogs.html says that while human milk is 6.8% sugar (lactose) and only 0.8% protein and 4.1% fat, cat milk is only 3.7% sugar but 10.6% protein and 10.8% fat, a big difference which would mean lactose intolerance would be much less of a problem for a duck trying to drink cat milk.
    – Hypnosifl
    Commented Jun 14, 2014 at 13:57

Dragons in mythology and folklore breastfeed baby dragons. Dragons, despite having an overall reptilian appearance, display several mammalian qualities such as mammalian wings, typically mammalian horns or antlers, paw like claws, lion manes, horse manes, whiskers, etc...

They are hybrid magical creatures. In fact, in mythology, many female dragons have human like upper bodies and breasts.

  • 3
    Do you have a source for that?
    – AncientSwordRage
    Commented Feb 5, 2017 at 10:41
  • What's mammalian wings?
    – user13267
    Commented Feb 5, 2017 at 11:38
  • @user13267 basically bat wings, as bats are the only mammals that actually have wings that enable flight.
    – ZenLogic
    Commented Aug 21, 2018 at 16:22

I don't think it was all for "sexual purposes", rather it was driving home the important point that Daenerys is their mother and not just in a figurative manner. Also, later in the story this plot point with her intimate, instinctual bonding with the dragons will help explain why the dragons still respected her even after they grew up to be fearsome apex predators.


Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.