- "Tasty, give you milk and fur, and not bad pets, except they never shut the hell up"
- ―Marion Wendeel, Bleater rancher
|Height:||4'1" when standing|
Much like it's ancestor, the Bleater has a prominent, beard, which hang-downs from its bare face. It's fur has changed from a white to a dull brown, and grown shorter since the bombs. They possess a dense undercoat of hair that is maintained year round, but the overcoat that grows in the fall and winter is both insulating and readily shed. They have grown in height slightly, though at the cost of some of their mass as they stronger legs. Their Horns often twist as they develop, sometimes growing back into the Bleater's skull.
Adult males can weigh up to 150 pounds, though they usually weigh somewhere around a hundred. Females can weigh up to 130 pounds, but also weigh much less usually. Both sexes possess Vestigial Dewclaws, which have mutated into defensive claws.
Bleaters are territorial when it comes to predators or other males, and will often bleat a challenge to them. If the intrusion persists, they will charge the offender with their horns, kicking when close.
The Horns are a Bleaters primary means of defense, used against predators as well as rivals. Sharp and sturdy, they can pierce the hides of most creatures. Bleaters are also known to kick anything that gets too close, and the Dewclaws on their feet often ward aware smaller predators. They also Bleat quite often, frightening or annoying some would-be predators.
Bleaters are Omnivores, living primarily off of scrub, brush and grass, along with any other plant material they may find. Those in captivity are feed whatever their owner has on hand, most of which is consumable by the creatures strong stomach.
Bleaters breed primarily in the fall, with the rutting season lasting from August to November, and gestation lasting 6-8 months on average. Bleaters mate for only one season, choosing a new partner the next year. Females that give birth will not mate until the kids have grown. Kids accompany their mom for two years, before leaving to find their own mate.
Bleaters are most commonly found in mountainous terrain or the surrounding foothills, with many also in ranches throughout the plains and prairies. They prefer cooler climates and suffer greatly in the heat.