Entry #802


Newatos, or “newas” as they are affectionally called, are one of the most common species in all of Avia. They’re virtually found in every region of the continent, including Havarda. These small, insectivore furballs were one of the first species to be successfully domesticated by avin and, though sometimes nuisances, they have remained one of our most popular animal companions through history.

The newatos aren’t considered tasty food by avin, but to other creatures they remain one of their preferred meals for one big reason: they’re utterly helpless, posessing no effective means to fend off predators or escape from them. In fact, it is assumed that newas would have gone largely extinct had we not domesticated them and integrated them into populated areas. Nowadays, the domestic newatos thrive and prosper in far better conditions than their wild relatives, who have now become rare and elusive.

Aside from their round cuteness, jovial personality and charming tendency to hop around in one foot at time for no clear reason, newatos are allowed amidst avin thanks to their fondness for insects. These keen bug hunters are sure to wipe clean any house and market of undesired crawlers, ridding avin off their worries of being bitten by them in their sleep of eating one by accident in their food. Newatos live in burrows, some avin-made, and are left alone to wander around public areas and eat whatever insect they can get their claws on. Others, however, are brought into homes and kept as pets, capable of forming strong bonds with their owners through their relatively short lifespans.

If allowed to reproduce too much, however, they can become a pest of their own, causing ruckus among themselves and other avin. Because of this, attention has been brought to keep newato populations under control. Pet newatos are mostly kept alone, with stray ones being the first targets of population control methods. In some places, newato overbreeding has become so recurrent that designated seasons to hunt them and decrease their numbers have become famous recreational traditions for young and old, though these events are not without their controversies.