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Half donkey, half camel...
|Alternate Names/Spellings||Allocamel, (pl) Allocameli, Ass-Camel|
|Origins||Medieval European Mythology, Legend and Folklore|
|Appearance||Sort of like a llama...|
The Allocamelus is a creature with origins in Medieval European mythology, legend and folklore. The earliest account of its existence is recorded in art dating back to 1558 from a Dutch art piece.
It would later be included in the 1658 work of one Edward Topsell called The History of Four-footed Beasts and Serpents, where it was speculated that the creature was the offspring of a mule and a camel.
The Allocamelus somewhat resembles a llama in form. The equine and camelid parts of its anatomy combine so that its ears are long, but not readily identical to those of a donkey.
Likewise, the body is large, like that of a camel, but the hump is less prominent, and occurs closer to the shoulders than the midback.
Allocameli also tend to be leaner, more athletic in physical build than either its cousin the camel or the donkey.
The Allocamelus has a stubbornness about it that far exceeds that of a camel or a donkey. This persistent willfulness means that Allocameli will not eat unless hungry, will not go where they are told unless they want, and any attempt by masters to call them by name often prove unsuccessful.
They are especially difficult to train or domesticate, if captured in the wild. And some who are successfully trained, if angered, have even been known purposely act in direct contradiction of their master's commands.
While not particularly aggressive, Allocameli have been known to spit, bite and kick, even sometimes without provocation.
On the other hand, though, a happy Allocamelus is a somewhat more cooperative Allocamelus. Their intelligence allows them not only to carry out commands, if treated and trained well, but sometimes even to do favors for a gracious master without being asked.