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Is Z'nid Bird evil because it eats crawling Nurloc?

Z'nid Bird - Iris Compiet

Z'nid Birds were subterranean creatures native to Grot. They were the natural predators of Nurlocs, which they attacked in packs, stabbing them with their tail stingers and injecting them with a corrosive venom which liquefied the victim, allowing the Z'nid Birds to suck up the melted remains.[2]

They were greatly feared by Grottan shepherds, as their silent depredations were rarely detected in time, and could wipe out entire Nurloc herds in a single attack.[2]

SkekSil used the relationship between Z'nid Birds and Nurlocs to illustrate how the Skeksis' harvesting of Gelfling for their essence was a purely natural rather than malicious act.[1]

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "She Knows All the Secrets" The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. Netflix. August 30, 2019
  2. 2.0 2.1 Cesare, A. & Compiet, I. (2020), The Dark Crystal Bestiary: The Definitive Guide to the Creatures of Thra, Insight Editions, p. 143, ISBN 1683838211
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