Literature The Belgariad Discussion

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06:03:19 AM Feb 7th 2013
edited by Candi
"All Animals Are Dogs: The Horse that Garion resurrects has a notably puppy-like demeanor. Later, the snake Zith shows an astonishing number of cat-like traits, including purring when happy, shivering in the cold, and giving birth to live young."

Bit of a subversion. Some reptiles can shiver on a limited basis (the movement of the muscles generates a tiny amount of heat, maybe enough to mean the difference between moving and not.) And many species of snakes give live birth. (Effectively. The eggs incubate within the mother, are laid just before hatching, and have only the membranes without the shells.) The purring plays the trope straight.