Name: sarrili [one sarrili, two sarrilin]; sarrili-mar [one sarrili-mar, two sarrili-mar]
Species of Discovery: Tajaran
Plant or Animal or ????: Animal
Description: The sarrili-mar is a small, quadruped canine mammal roughly the size of a corgi; it's covered in a thick coat of heavy (usually white, but other variations exist) fur to protect from the harsh cold of the northern Meralar tundra (as such, the creature is found most often in the northern areas, but has been known to adapt to other, slightly warmer, climates), and is often the subject of "look at this cute sarrili-mar" exonet threads. It really is cute. The sarrili-mar is the timid baby form of the much larger, much fiercer sarrili.
The sarrili is a large (comparable in size to a large moose) quadruped canine, a thick, white-gold (as with sarrili-mar, other variations exist, most often a light pink or lilac to fit in with the more purplish-white of the northeastern regions) coat of fur shielding it from the cold as it prowls around in packs, hunting for prey. An apex predator of the far northern reaches of Meralar (sarrili-mar, if they can, will travel north as they age), the sarrili is occasionally hunted by adventurous Tajaran poachers. It's easier said than done, though - their thick fur is nigh-impenetrable to low-caliber ballistic weaponry, and their bites have a recorded PSI of over 6,500 (equivalent to 45,000 kPa). Their hides are prized on the Meralar black market for their beauty and rarity, not to mention their applications in military defensive nanoweave.
Sarrili are often associated with qualities such as bravery, perseverance and determination - the phrase 'mighty oaks from little acorns grow' comes to mind when looking at their young. The closest human comparison would be a lion in this regard - a large apex predator associated with courage. In a fight, a sarrili would win every time.
Uses: Their meat, although illegal to obtain from hunting, is legal to own, and is a delicacy in certain areas of Meralar; it's rich in iron, and can be turned into tremendous steaks. The hide, which retains its lustrous white-gold sheen even in death, is valued greatly among collectors, and is a class II restricted animal product, requiring a license to own. Sarrili bones are used as good luck charms and in fortune telling, but, like the hides, are class II restricted items.
Other information: it's a lion, but instead of a cat it's a dog (Meralar has enough cats), and instead of being reasonably sized, it's huge and powerful and could snap my neck any time it wants to and I'd thank it.