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Challenge #02932-H009: Nature's Not Nice

Horses are herbivores. Sometimes, something goes wrong. When there isn't enough plant matter to satisfy large herbivores on the death-world Earth, or when micro-nutrients such as calcium are lacking, they will actively kill and consume other animals. Giraffes have been known to gnaw bones, horses to eat young birds (deer do this as well), and hippos will sometimes kill (and take a bite out of) predators foolish enough to attack them. -- Anon Guest

[AN: I imagine this would come as something more than a shock to "naturally herbivorous lifestyle" vegans]

The Human capacity to plough forwards in ignorance knows no bounds. When faced with contradictory evidence, some have been known to adulterate it to suit their own narrative. This has lead to scrubbing paint from excavated marble, the destruction of several archeological sites, and hoaxes like the Piltdown Man being accepted into the evolution narrative for decades on end. Lately, it's resulted in the Plant Life Colony Bubble.

It's not what it seems to be by its name. It's a miniature world made with care and attention to detail by vegans who believed, wholeheartedly, that it was entirely possible to live without any creature within it eating meat. That included not eating insects and not using bees, because animal exploitation was wrong. It was then, and is now, a canned wilderness. The only difference is that now, no Humans live in it.

They thought of everything, or so they believed. They had an artificial environment in which they controlled everything that went in. From the microbiota in the soils and water, to the ecology they imported to live within. Plants first, because they were the keystone of what they were trying to build. Butterflies to pollinate the plants, so that nobody would be tempted to exploit honey. Herbivores for the wildlife, because it would be a lonely world without animals in it. They would be protected by the PLCB. Not kept as pets, but allowed to roam wild and free like they were meant to.

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Challenge #02809-G252: Don't Be Fooled

Lots of stories with humans and delicate avian Havenworlders. How about one where the 'bird' descended from something like a cassowary. -- Knitnan

[AN: Compared with Humans, Cassowaries still have their weak points. The trick, of course, is getting close enough to exploit them. Cassowaries count as aviasaurs, and may not be Havenworlders by technicality.]

People tend to assume. If a cogniscent species looks like a bird, it's probably a Havenworlder. Many people coming across the aviasaurs make that assumption. Too many

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Challenge #02388-F198: Nibbled to Death...

There is a myth about the Shattering. It states that the Shattering was put into motion by one human, one that had seen the future. -- Anon Guest

Five hundred years makes all the difference. For Earth, it viewed all its sundry colonies as a form of backup. Not just for the Human race, but also for the data and knowledge the colonials took with them. Surely, they reasoned, the colonists would keep such vital information about their beginning days.

Of such

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Challenge #02057-E233: In-sult-roduction

A genetically upgraded cat is hired as a ship's crew member. The Captain unfortunately thinks that since ancient cats hunted vermin, this crew-member would do the same. -- Anon Guest

When you assume, you make an ass out of you and me. -- Ancient Human Mnemonic/Caution.

Mixi Thicktail made certain she was crisp, businesslike, and formal. This was her first posting on a UFTP vessel and people had doubtless heard things about Nufurria and its residents by now. The difference between

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