Questions tagged [animals]

Animals in science fiction and fantasy works have vital roles in many plots, including protagonists, antagonists, plot motivators and wise mentors.

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Why doesn't Archer allow dogs in his apartment?

In the second episode of season one, titled Mole Hunt, Sterling Archer wakes up after a one night stand and discovers that his new lady friend has brought her pet pug, Abelard, into his apartment. ...
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Can Hogwarts students have more than one familiar?

Quoting from the Hogwarts letter Harry receives in the first HP book: students may bring an owl OR a cat OR a toad. The word "may" suggests that students can also choose not to bring a pet/...
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Short story about a woman who is about to leave on an interstellar trip to search for non-human intelligence

I read this short story years -- decades -- ago. A young woman is spending her last day at home before joining an interstellar expedition to search for non-human intelligence. She lives on a sheep ...
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Are there donkeys in the Star Wars universe?

Inspired by a now-deleted comment from @WadCheber on another question... Are there donkeys in the Star Wars universe? If not, what's the closest equivalent? Might look like a silly question, but ...
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How many pets do we know about on the Enterprise-D?

Obviously Data has his cat Spot and Picard has his fish. Bit of a random question, but what other pets do we know that reside on the Enterprise-D i.e. how many do we know about?
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Searching for a story about a Team of Explorers Trapped with Large Alien Animal

The story I'm trying to recall had the explorers stranded on the surface of some planet. I recall that there was a body of water, and a large alien creature which had a large, globular, transparent ...
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Book About An Otter set in medieval times?

Does anyone remember a book that featured an otter. It was set in medieval times and all the characters were animals and he had to save the kingdom. And I just can't remember the name. Please help!
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Searching for a book with a human survivor vs wolves/animals

I'm searching for a book with a post-apocalyptic setting and a lone-human survivor conflict with wolves (primarily) and other semi/sentient animals. It starts out that the reader thinks the wolves/...
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What classic SF story involved intelligent dogs being the secret masters of humans?

When I was a kid I read a story in a collection or anthology (and I've always had the impression that it was the last story in the book but can't be sure and it's not all that relevant) where dogs ...
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What kind of bird was painted on the Romulan Warbird featured in the “Balance of Terror” Star Trek TOS episode?

What type of bird was depicted on the Romulan Warbird featured in the Star Trek: TOS episode "Balance of Terror"? I imagine Romulus has several species that would be considered worthy of being called "...
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Boy who develops animal characteristics, government wants to use him

This book was about a boy at high school who started to develop animal characteristics and abilities. I remember particular scenes from this book, like the boy in science class catches a fly as if he ...
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Is there any organization that would hunt force sensitive animals?

There seems to be a lot of force sensitive animals, some of them rare. Did anyone set out to hunt of the rare ones and why? I'm much more interested in organisations than individual hunters, but if ...
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Why did Albus Potter bring a ferret to Hogwarts?

When Albus Potter was about to depart for his first year at Hogwarts he was seen carrying a ferret (or perhaps a Jarvey) in a cage. Neither of those animals are on the allowed list of animals on ...
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Why are there no animals in “The Matrix”?

Aside from the repetitive appearance of the black cat, I can't remember seeing any living animals, either inside the Matrix simulation or in Zion. How come? Is there an in-universe explanation?
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Animal condition through religion in “The Stand” [closed]

After reading the long passage in Stephen King's "The Stand" where the first group of survivors joined Abigail mother, I had the impression that the author played with the contrast between the faith ...
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How do Banthas survive on Tatooine?

As far as I can tell from their appearance, they're pretty much like woolly mammoths: Long shaggy fur, slow moving and high fat content. This type of biology would be better suited to planets like ...
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Looking for a Sci Fi/urban fantasy short story about a cat who fights demons

I'm looking for a short story I read a couple of years back. It was told from the point of view of an old cat, who has spent his life fighting demons[?] that try to come through weak places in reality....
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Which 70s/80s story/book has horses as protagonists? [duplicate]

This book is pretty unique. It's about a planet only populated with intelligent horses who have domesticated their humans, because they have hands (horses don't have them). The whole time reading you ...
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Blue Wolves in fiction [closed]

Is there an explanation for the prominence of blue-colored wolves, especially werewolves, in fiction? In media, a large number of wolf characters (werewolves or otherwise) are depicted as blue, ...
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Did JKR ever mention characters' pets/familiars outside of 7 HP books?

We see several students who attended Hogwarts during Harry's time having their pets/familiars described in 7 Harry Potter books (Hermione's Kneazle, Ron's Homo Animagus Ratus, Harry's owl, Neville's ...
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Is there any story with anthropomorphised animals that tries to be somewhat plausible? [closed]

I am looking for interesting books or short stories that try to give a reasonable explanation for the existence of talking, gun-shooting, vehicle-driving animals. Something like uplift, or convergent ...
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How did they expect to repopulate the world with Humpbacks after 'Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home'?

The Humpback whales, George and Gracie, were brought back to the future in order to save earth and repopulate the species. How was this accomplished? While Humpback whales have a life expectancy of ...
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Can an Animagus take the form of any animal?

Similar to my old question about what animals a Patronus can be, are there any limits to the animal forms an Animagus can be? We know that the animal form can be much smaller than human (cat, rat, ...
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Are the Redwall creatures their natural real-world size?

One thing that always confused me about the books was the question of scale. You have everything from shrews to badgers living together, working together, fighting together. Are these animals the same ...
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Short story from the point of view of a small animal being eaten?

From my childhood I remember a weird short story (?) written from the point of view of a small animal. The only thing I can really remember of the plot is that it contained a very disturbing (to me) ...
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Which pair of reindeer did Rudolph replace when he saved Christmas in the 1964 animated classic?

The song from the 1964 animated Christmas classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer tells us about the eight reindeer that pull Santa's sleigh. There's Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, Comet and ...
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What other uses are there for owls?

"I'll get yer an owl. All the kids want owls, they're dead useful, carry yer mail an' everythin'." - Hagrid to harry Potter, HP1. So, what other "useful" things are owls for, aside from carrying mail?...
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What kind of animal is Gru's pet Kyle?

In the movies Despicable Me 1 and 2, Gru has a pet with sharp teeth and small body. His pee makes the shrub dead! The creature looks like a skunk to me but when Lucy scans him, its species is "UNKNOWN"...
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What is the term for an anthropomorphic animal that fits a certain role or profession? (ex. a scholarly owl, dalmatian firefighter) [closed]

I am struggling to find out what to look for. My goal is to find a list of stereotypical anthropomorphic animals, but I am having trouble searching because I don't know what the term is called. For ...
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Strange creatures that bite you and never let go

I read a short story years ago and don't remember what it was called. It was about a man in a desert who had heard about strange creatures that were likely to come after you and if they bit you their ...
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Why can't animals turn into the undead in The Walking Dead? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can animals (including insects) carry or become infected with the “zombie” virus in The Walking Dead? It doesn't make sense that this "virus" is only affecting humans? Why isn'...
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Looking for the title of a graphic novel featuring a spaceship shaped like a bird and a gigantic earthworm [duplicate]

I am trying to identify a book that I read in the mid 1980's. Some details: It was a graphic novel, or comic. All black and white, if I remember correctly. The main character was a human, though I ...
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Do spaceships have Earth vermin?

Pests are always sneaking into cargo bins in one place and escaping into another place far away. Can somebody please name the first novel, comic or movie that depicts rats or other Earth vermin ...
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What happened to Captain Picard's fish?

In Star Trek Generations the Enterprise D crash lands on a planet and is effectively destroyed. We see that Data recovers his cat, Spot, but the fish Picard kept in his ready room is not seen or ...
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Do the other animals that students can bring with them to Hogwarts have special skills?

Owls in Harry Potter carry the mail. Do rats, cats, or toads have any specific function aside from being pets?
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A book where animals are named after instruments

I was listening to one of the sci-fi radio links on either Live365 or George Norrie or BOA... It is written by a religious (Catholic or Christian) teacher (make). It is a sci-fi book where animals are ...
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What “Earth-Origin” animals exist in the canon Star Wars universe?

When I was a young teen, I really got into reading the few Star Wars novels that existed at that time. After I exhausted the then current run of books (there were only about 5 or 6 of them), I ...
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What use are the wizard familiars?

It seems like every student at Hogwarts has a familiar (a companion animal) - Neville's frog, Harry's owl, Ron's rat, Hermione's half-cat-half-Kneazle, etc... Harry's owl is at least marginally ...
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Is there room for vegans in the Harry Potter universe?

Boomslang skin, leeches, bicorn horn... it seems that to make any decent potion, you're going to need to use some kind of animal product. Could a vegan or vegetarian get through Hogwarts, and ...
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Help me identify a story of chickens who defend against the foxes

I remember this story, that is sort of Sci-Fi/Fantasy, since it has talking chickens. The chickens in this story are unique since they can fly (The talking part is apparently not worthy of notice) ...
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How to logically explain a talking goat even if it is possessed? [closed]

In the movie Drag Me to Hell the demon moves from possessing a human to possessing a goat, whereupon the goat says something like "you tricked me...". How can the goat be talking, even though it is ...
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Old-ish fantasy novel about magicians that have a characteristic animal form?

Sometime in the '80s, I was at the house of a friend of my parents who had a huge library of SF/F paperbacks. Like the kid in the candy store, I grabbed one off the shelf and was rooted to the spot ...
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What was the Bradbury short story featuring birds whose songs were like musical compositions?

I may be mixing some things up here, but to my memory there is a short story in one of the collections by Ray Bradbury in which the protagonist is involved with transcribing birdsong so complex it ...
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A book in which every species on earth was rendered intelligent

The 'blurb' on the back of the book was that something had boosted the intelligence of every creature on earth, to the point that at least some animals were on par with humans. I'm not sure if humans ...
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What is a Dire Wolf? [closed]

In many fantasy stories, there are creatures called Dire Wolves. What's a Dire Wolf, how is it different from existing wolves?