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A shavokh (also called a sha'vok) was a type of flying predatory animal native to Vulcan. (TOS novel: Vulcan's Forge)

The shavokh was a graceful hunting bird with gold and brown feathers, a 2.5 meter wingspan, and a powerful musculature that allowed it to propel itself along the mild wind currents of Vulcan's atmosphere. Although the carnivorous bird possessed two pairs of sharp golden talons, its prey consisted of small rodents and reptiles, and generally posed no threat to the humanoids of Vulcan. Rather, they traditionally held that it was good luck to encounter a shavokh when traveling, for where it descended to ground, one would find ground water or a soak not too deeply buried nearby. (Last Unicorn RPG module: The Way of Kolinahr: The Vulcans)

The shavokh did, however, also eat carrion, occassionally making them an unwelcome sight to desert travellers. (TOS novel: Vulcan's Forge)

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