When a species is separated into populations that are prevented from inter breeding, mutations and the selection of novel traits cause an accumulation of differences over generations and a new species emerges. A lack of suitable habitat has caused a number of these urban dwelling scavengers to relocate to the suburbs, and over time a curious adaptation has taken place. The suburban bands have developed small plump horns on their heads. We at Softlife believe that the purpose for this mutation is that it makes these creatures cuter to humans, and as a result, humans are more likely to protect and care for them.
This fellow has found shelter as a classroom pet. He shares this sanctuary with stickbugs, turtles, rabbits, and most recently, baby chickens.
The life of a classroom pet is relatively safe. There is always food and protection from the elements. It can, however, be an isolating experience, as usually no more then one creature from a species is allowed to inhabit a classroom at any given time.
And so he spends his days drifting on the outskirts of the bustling classroom, his purpose and drive becoming more and more remote. With survival no longer an issue this once shrewd creature lives in a kind of limbo...
The monotony of the day is broken up with feeding times and the periods when the children are allowed to handle him.
This can be overwhelming as well as comforting.
The children have gone home for the day and the classroom is still. It is always dangerous to guess at what goes on in the mind of another species, but we cannot help but wonder at the thoughts and feelings of this creature as he gazes at the big world just beyond the classroom window. Does he long for a wilder, freer existence? Does he dream of love and adventure, or is he at peace with the life he finds himself in and grateful for the security he enjoys?