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A domesticated warrigul in the mining settlement on Khoal in the Hfihar system.

Warriguls (also known as jadashhas) were predatory reptilian quadrupeds found in Romulan space and kept as pets by both Klingons and Romulans. They somewhat resembled Terran dogs or Vulcan le-matyas.

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Jadashha translates roughly as "vicious toothed one" in Klingonaase. The animals are liked by Klingons for their voraciousness and willingness to take on prey twice their size even when tiny. These carnivores are solitary jungle hunters which grow to about three feet long and have a life cycle described as insect-like. They incubate four or five fertilized eggs for three months, which then hatch as larvae and hitch onto the mother's belly. After ten months, the mother forms mud cocoons around each, then abandons them in search of a new mate. Two months later, each animal emerges tiny but mature, ready to hunt prey. They don't attack the first lifeforms they see, which is believed to be an evolutionary trait that prevents them from killing and eating their siblings.

Prospective pet owners gather the muddy cocoons, with emerging offspring seeing their master first and imprinting on them as one of their own. As a result, however, the domesticated animals don't see other Jadashha as their own, so they attack rather than breed, leaving them unable to breed in captivity. (Stardate Magazine vol. 1 (1984), Issue 2: "Star Trek Menagerie: Jadashha")

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The Klingon commander Kruge had owned a pet warrigul since he was a youth, and let the animal sit beside him on the bridge of his bird-of-prey. The warrigul accompanied him during his exploration of the Genesis Planet, but died shortly afterwards during a battle with the USS Enterprise. (TOS movie & novelization: Star Trek III: The Search for Spock)

In the 25th century, domesticated warriguls were a common sight in the Romulan mining colony on the moon Khoal in the Hfihar system. Wild or feral warriguls roamed the outskirts of the colony, and were prone to attack any passers-by on sight. (STO mission: "Mine Enemy")

In 2409 Orion Syndicate boss Hassan the Undying attempted to kill a starship commander sent to apprehend him by siccing warriguls on them in gladiatorial combat. (STO mission: "The Undying")

Tal Shiar Colonel Hakeev used warriguls, among other animals, to test the combat abilities of his prisoners in an arena in the Nopada system. Wild warriguls could also be found in the desert canyons of Nopada. (STO mission: "Coliseum")

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"Warrigul", also spelled "warragul" or "warrigal", is an alternate name for the Australian dingo in one Australian Aboriginal language.

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