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Old May 8 2017, 08:59 PM   #1
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Anne always depicts dragons as eating fresh kill, except for hatchlings which are fed bucketsful of dollops of fresh meat cut to an appropriate size.

My question is: if a sweeprider or a hunting dragon came across a flood-plain littered with freshly drowned herdbeasts would the dragon eat them?
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Well, if the dragon were hungry and it was a matter of minutes, probably they'd eat a few. I assume dragons' senses of smell are sensitive enough they'd know if the beasts had been dead too long to eat. Or they might be able to handle carrion, but it's unlikely the rider would let them at that point.
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There's a scene, I think in Skies of Pern, where Ramoth calls in other dragons to help in the useful disposition of some carcasses.
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I agree, if the dragon was hungry he/she certainly would.
And if it's not too far from the Weyr the dragonrider might alert some of his fellows.
If anything they are not going to waste anything on Pern! And I guess that the honest Weyr would deduct it from the tithe the owner of the dorwned beasts would have had to make
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