The kaadu was a two-legged reptavian at home both on land and in the water: they were excellent runners and strong swimmers, as they had a lung capacity allowing them to remain underwater for up to two hours. They could be found in huge herds, with the total record documented as 3.4 million animals. Kaadu females laid their eggs on land, often in fields. As predators such as the peko-peko were known to eat kaadu eggs, the average clutch of eggs was large, usually 100-250, thus ensuring at least some of the younglings survived. Kaadu had sharp hearing and a keen sense of smell. They were also very fast, reaching a top speed of 50 miles per hour and easily outrunning most other creatures.
Kaadu lacked upper incisors, and as such were unable to chew their food. Their diet consisted primarily of snails, tlickweed, and aquatic plants. Kaadu were known to be fearless creatures, and many were domesticated by Gungan warriors as steeds during times of conflict, or as patrol animals to police the Gungan cities. Kaadu were highly loyal to their owners, and it was said that a Gungan and his kaadu made an inseparable team. Warriors often decorated their steeds with huge titavian feathers. Officers of the Gungan Grand Army rode into battle against the Trade Federation during the Battle of Grassy Plains upon their kaadu mounts. Kaadus came in shades of yellow, and bright oranges. The area around their eye was a periwinkle color.
Behind the scenesEdit
The kaadu was originally developed as a beast of burden on Tatooine for The Phantom Menace. The creature was later given more aquatic characteristics and transferred to Naboo. The kaadu seen in Episode I are computer-generated models. Their run-cycle features a hopping trot that moves them across the battlefield at a brisk pace.
Episode I Adventures 15: The Final Battle erroneously describes the kaadu as a four-legged creature.
The sound for the kaadu was created from the slowed-down sound of pigs and the sound of the blowhole of a whale.
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