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The mot is a small domestic keras native to Mercury. Mots are soft and furry, and have six legs with two claws on each paw. They are ferocious hunters of small prey, and are welcome companions on Mercury for their ability to keep food safe from pests. As they have gained popularity as pets, they have spread throughout the Sol system and can now be found on nearly every planetary body.   Mots have dull compound eyes that are adapted to low light conditions. They capture and amplify even small amounts of light, which helps them see and hunt in the dark. Conversely, their vision is overwhelmed by bright light, only allowing them to distinguish between dark and light patches with little shape or depth perception. Mots thus rely on their antennae to navigate during the day, giving them their reputation of clumsiness.   Mots are particular and initially shy. It takes a while to win their trust and bond with them. Once you do win their trust, though, they can be quite affectionate. While they spend most of the day lazing and napping in their favourite humanoid lap, they do like to get into mischief during the night. They are curious creatures, and their fine motor control allows them to manipulate items and open simple locks.
Illustration of a Mot standing up. You can see all six limbs. It is very fluffy.
Standing Mot by Annie Stein

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Image of a mot, a creature somewhere between a cat and a moth, curled up for a nap.
Napping Mot by Annie Stein
10-20 years
Average Height
20-30 cm
Average Length
50-80 cm
Geographic Distribution
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Feb 16, 2023 13:17

Cute little buggers. Debating if I want one :D

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Feb 16, 2023 13:20 by Annie Stein

Thank you!

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Feb 16, 2023 13:30 by Chris L

What a lovely little cat analog! So cute and, as always, love your drawings!

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Feb 16, 2023 13:35 by Annie Stein

Thank you so much!

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Feb 16, 2023 22:23 by Aster Blackwell

Would a baby mot be called a mitten????? T^T

Feb 17, 2023 10:14 by Annie Stein

omg yes, that's adorable!!!

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Feb 17, 2023 22:36 by Aster Blackwell

T^T I'm obsessed with themmm

Feb 18, 2023 20:56 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

I love them and I want one. Even though I would have to install several locks on their food cupboards.

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Feb 19, 2023 10:09 by Annie Stein

So many locks!

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Feb 23, 2023 20:01 by Deleyna Marr

I can just imagine the trouble these things would get into at night! I wonder what my cats would make of one if I had one???

Feb 24, 2023 20:53 by Annie Stein

Oh gosh, all the trouble! I think they'd get along decently with cats, especially if they grew up alongside the other.

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Jul 5, 2023 17:23 by Molly Marjorie

Very cute. I love how they're insectoid but also resemble cats or dogs.

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Jul 5, 2023 17:27 by Annie Stein

Thank you! That's what I was going for.

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