Rattler Gators

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Yes of the Gators
unknown first seen in July 2008
Maybe Tuff and Dirtclog
Gadgar, Louise, Paul, Mala Manager, Zip, Nip, Kipper, Kringer, Serpent from the Shadow, Dweller under the Sink, Monster in the Blinds, Under Kat, Big Rat and Busy Bat Gators
Date of Death
April 12, 2010
Killed by a martial eagle
Known For
Overthrowning Rachel, second and long-term dominate female of the Gators.
Also Known As
KGTF012 or H1WF01

Rattler was a wild female who is best known for taking dominance from the first dominate female of the Gators, Rachel. She became the group's long-term dominate female after she evicted Rachel, who later died. She produced many pups and although she lead with an iron paw, she was a sucessful dominate female who came to a tragic end when she was predated.

Wild Loner[edit | edit source]

Rattler (KGTF012) was first seen traveling with her sister (seeing as DNA proved that they had the same parents) Rose (KGTF013) near the Hunters borders in July 2008. They were first noticed after a group encounter in which Hunters won and later chased off the wild females, who ventured to close. Rattler and her sister Rose stayed near the Hunters for a few more months but were always chased off. Finally, after being almost caught and killed by the Hunters mob, Rattler and her sister headed west and towards the small territory range of a newly formed group named the Gators.

Gators[edit | edit source]

As the group was still new, they had not established clear borders so the two sisters wandered into their range and eventually found the land owners one afternoon. The dominate female was Rachel, who was pregnant at the time, and her parnter Tuff, who was the dominate male who was wearing the group's radio collar. The group consisted of eight males and three females, two of which were yearlings. The two sisters went down the Gator's burrow that night and emerged with them the next morning. The males were curious of the new females, who did not make themselves obvious, as well as the females, but they were not alarmed. Eventually, dominate female Rachel approached them and they both submitted to the domiante female. However, one week after the sisters joined the Gators, Rachel aggressivly hipslammed Rose, who retaliated and they fought. Despite being heavily pregnant, Rachel won dominance over Rose and moved on to find Rattler. The pregnant dominate female was aggressive and tempermental and when she came across Rattler, who was foraging intently, she tried to steal her freshly-dug hole. Rattler fought back, like her sister had done, and eventually deposed Rachel. Rattler then teamed up with Rose and they both viciously attacked the former dominate female. This kind of behavior went on for two days before Rattler brutally attacked Rachel. Rose, as usuall, joined in and they beat her viciously. Rattler tore open deep wounds above Rachel's eyes and on her tail and flank. Finally, they evicted her at the end of the beating and Rachel did not emerge from the bolt-hole where she had taken shelter and hidden from the Gators, who were all war-dancing their former dominate female. After Rachel was evicted, Rattler settled down and the tense atmosphere relaxed. She hipslammed her sister and Rachel's yearling daughters, but there was no more vicious attacks. Three days after Rachel was Last Seen, dominate male Tuff attacked his brother Dirtclog, who was returning home from roving, and the pair fought viciously. Eventually, Dirtclog won dominance over Tuff and bullied him for several days before he left the group with a roving coalition. Tuff dissapeared shortly after. Dirtclog, like Tuff, was given a radio collar as well as Ratter getting her own collar. However, in November, she broke her collar during a group encounter with their smaller rivals, the Storms. Rattler did not get another one. In December, Rattler gave birth to her first known litter of pups. They all survived. Afterwards, she and Dirtclog produced sucessfull litters as well as Rose producing a litter. Most of the pups survived to become adult group members. Rattler maintained her status throughout 2009 but the group was still small, despite her sucessful breeding attempts. The males in the group were often away, roving at other groups and only Dirtclog enevictably remained in the group. At the end of the year, Rattler was pregnant and this time she became aggressive towards the other group members. She first evicted her pregnant sister, Rose, as well as Rachel's daughters Floozie and Grik. She also attacked her own young daughters but did not evict them. Rattler finally gave birth in January 2010 and all the evicted females managed to return to the group. Even Rose, who was still pregnant, was able to rejoin the Gators. In February, Rose gave birth to her second litter. However, the pups were killed by their rivals, the Storms, before they could be named or ID-chipped. Rattler was pregnant again in early March and gave birth in April. However, six days after she gave birth to her litter, all the adult males, minus dominate male Dirtclog, left the Gators to rove. Rattler was left with all yearling males and females, minus her sister and Rachel's two daughters, who were both evicted. Two days after the males left, Rattler was killed by a martial eagle while foraging. Her son Monster in the Blinds, died from a cape cobra bite the same day. Shortly after Rattler died, Dirtclog left with the remaining males to rove after a group split and dissapeared. The Gators dwindled to only a small handful of females, the oldest being Rose, who was radio collared. The remaining females were tracked for a while but eventually they were lost and Rose became the last known Gators meerkat.

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