In Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Luke's attacked by a Wampa and knocked out. When he awakens, he's dangling upside down, with his feet frozen into the ice on the ceiling. How'd the Wampa manage this? There's no indication that the Wampa is particularly intelligent, so how did an animal accomplish this feat of melting some of the ceiling, sticking Luke's feet in there, and letting it refreeze around his feet?


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From Wookieepedia

Wampas rarely killed their prey outright and never hunted when they were hungry. Because they preferred fresh meat, wampas instead always tried to stun their prey, keeping their victims unconscious, but alive, until ready to feed. After disabling their prey, wampas hauled the still-breathing victims back to their cave dwellings and, through different methods, secured them in the ice for later consumption. For some, wampas used their hot breath to melt the ice around a victim's legs and then coated parts of the body in saliva, placing them against the ice ceiling of their caves so they would freeze in place. The saliva also served as an anesthetic in the victims, which helped to keep prey comatose until the wampa was ready to eat. Alternatively, for larger creatures, such as the tauntaun, wampas frequently impaled them through the ankles on overhanging icicles or stalactites to keep them immobile. At times, several fresh victims were stored in this manner.

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    @OghmaOsiris But I have citations!
    – DampeS8N
    Oct 27, 2011 at 19:37
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    You kids and your music. Oct 27, 2011 at 19:38
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    And a typical Wampa pass a large amount of is life hands up in is cave, waiting for is food to freeze on the ceiling.
    – DavRob60
    Oct 27, 2011 at 19:49
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    Well, it's not like a Wampa has a lot to do on Hoth on a Friday night anyway.
    – Tango
    Oct 28, 2011 at 0:43
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    @Abless Yeah, you're right. I'm running a bit behind. Definitely by 2025. Definitely.
    – DampeS8N
    Aug 5, 2018 at 18:00

I would assume that it would use its spit and slobber all over him, then stick it to the ceiling.

From what I remember, the thing produced a LOT of saliva.

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