The round bodied desert dwelling creatures are descended from common gerbils. Selectively bred by Vibranni for hundreds of years, chankas now grow on average from two to three feet in height, often weighing between 70 and 100 pounds.
Chankas rely on a diet of desert scrub and bushes. They are extremely efficient at absorbing nutrients from these otherwise deficient plants. They do not need to drink water because of this, which makes them the perfect livestock for desert dwellers.
Chankas live in herds of 10 to 30. They are a herd animal and do not assign dominant roles. They are not the smartest animals, and will follow each other regardless of danger or imposing death .
Chankas do not have a mating season, nor take mating partners. They can rapidly increase their numbers, making them perfect for a reliable food source and useful for production of animal-based goods.