Gouper Species in Melior | World Anvil


Endangered bear-cats illegally imported from the tropical rainforests of Xendria to be kept and bred as domestic pets.

Native to the tropical climates of Xendria, goupers (often called "bear-cats") are an omnivorous species that have become part of a growing demand of (often illegal) exotic pet trades due to their unique appearance and cat-like mannerisms.  
Goupers have keen senses - in particular, they will know when you're not sharing your food.
Gouper kit (placeholder)
Gouper kit (placeholder) by (Photo by arwen_cz - Modified by melior64)



Goupers play an important role in the food chain of the Xendrian rainforests and have an omnivorous diet consisting of: rodents, small birds and reptiles (including their eggs), and oily fish. They take great pride in hunting for themselves, and also have a sweet tooth for cherries, figs, mangoes, and other native fruits. In the wild they are preyed upon by big cats, tree snakes, and crocodiles.   Goupers use their long, prehensile tail to assist them in balance and climbing, and can use it to hang from one branch to another. They are tree-dwelling in nature and will happily gorge themselves in the nests they build high up in the canopies, but they can sometimes be found waddling around in a drunken stupor after feasting on the fermented fruits rotting in the leaf litter below.  


Goupers seem to be neither nocturnal nor diurnal and their active hours correlate to their environment and food available to them. When sleeping they lie curled up with their tail covering their eyes and nose.   Being arboreal creatures, they naturally love to climb and will find every opportunity to explore their surroundings using their strong claws and prehensile tail. Goupers are very playful and make many squeaks, chirrups, and purring sounds when they're having fun. When irritated they growl and hiss fiercely, puff out their coarse fur and turn sideways to look menacingly bigger.
Goupers use their long tail to aid in communicating states of emotion and will flail or whip the tip of it on surfaces in annoyance.    

Illegal Pet Trade

Wealthy folks illegally stole goupers and bred them in captivity as luxury exotic pets. Those with enough money joined the lucrative industry of selective breeding to create new domestic goupers.   Many are bred to produce finer, smoother coats with different colours and markings, whilst the mixed breed and "imperfect" goupers are taken up by farmers and bred not for aesthetics, but for obedience, loyalty, and ferocity to be used as working service animals in both hunting and protecting other animals.   They have thick, coarse fur which can become very musky in scent depending on their natural reproductive cycle and mating season. This is easily remedied with a bath which many folks are surprised to find that goupers are very fond of (in comparison to domestic cats). Some subspecies of goupers are selectively bred for their pleasant, naturally sweet-smelling aroma which has made them the rarest and most endangered of all gouper breeds.  
"The hardest part is getting the gouper out of the bath tub! Once they're in there they won't want to come out until they've splashed all of the muddy water over the sides until it becomes too boring for them!! Honestly I wish you'd asked for a greyhound instead sometimes..."
— A displeased owner.
Gouper Coffee
Pet trade isn't the only industry threatening wild goupers, as they are often captured and force fed a strict diet of coffee cherries. The excreted beans are richer and less bitter due to passing through the digestive enzymes and gastric juices of the gouper, resulting in the perfect beans for producing expensive coffee.
Domestic gouper by Naelin
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27 Dec, 2020 23:19

I want one. Now. He looks so adorable in that sketch. I will happily share all my food with them.

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24 Apr, 2022 18:34

Awwh thank you! I've updated this article with a few more details :D

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28 Dec, 2020 20:31

Oh my gosh, I want one. Looks so cute and sweet in that sketch! I love that they are not cats but related to raccoons, etc. :D

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24 Apr, 2022 18:35

Thanks!! I have updated this article with moar stuff (and things)!

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24 Apr, 2022 23:54

Ahhhh the art is so cute!! <3 <3   Coffee goupers. D:

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29 Dec, 2020 20:11

Oh, precious, but I wants one! I wants one so bad.

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24 Apr, 2022 18:35

You'd have to "know a guy"...

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30 Dec, 2020 21:05

"Goupers have keen senses, but most of all they will know when you are not sharing your food. "   This is also house rabbits. Do goupers pee on your pillow to express their displeasure over your selfishness? Asking for a friend....

24 Apr, 2022 18:36

hahahaha that depends on how well they're trained I think!

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14 Jan, 2021 06:04

Awww, they are so cute!

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24 Apr, 2022 18:36

Thank you! I've updated the article with some more info :D

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28 Aug, 2021 13:10

That last quote...   I love them. I want one. <3

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24 Apr, 2022 18:36

<3 I've added MOAR INFO! :D

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24 Apr, 2022 19:36

Poor coffee goupers.   I love Naelin's art.

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24 Apr, 2022 22:31

Thank you <3

26 Apr, 2022 10:55

Aaaaaaaahhhhh ADORABLE <3 You've done a great job with this article--all the extra tidbits make it nicely visual in descriptions. The quotes are hilarious! Now if you'll excuse me, I need to go find some fruits to try to lure a wild gouper...

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26 Apr, 2022 13:34

hahaha thank youuuu!

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