Soft carpet that wont hurt yukkuri's feet and feels nice to roll on.
Air conditioned room kept in a comfortable 25℃.
Window made wide as to not give cramped feeling and the view of the garden modelled after natural forest outside. The window is made of reinforced glass to keep danger outside, whether it's stray yukkuri, animal or even human.
This is a room for pet yukkuri.
Of course it's not like the pet yukkuri could go outside without having special drug because the city has been filled with yukkuri repellent gas.
Because the garden is modelled after the forest, the yukkuri could get confused if the interior is also decorated with forest motif if they tried comparing the real tree and the wallpaper. Instead, the wallpaper inside showed a spacious highland plains, up to the ceiling where two lamps. For day it will shine bright, while at night it will project the night sky.
In the middle of the room is the most luxurious yukkuri house model, "Dosu's Bosom". It's made by craftsmen from pinewood. Yukkuri originally lived in the forest, so the smell of the wood would stimulate their primal memories and bring a sense of nostalgia that brings them comfort.
Inside the house is a special made soft bed. When yukkuri is sleeping on it, the bed will make soft rustling sound that invoke a nice feeling from memories when they're still a yukkuri fruit hanging from their mother's stalk.
When the weather is cold, there's also an alpaca fur blanket. Actually this is not needed because the room had heater too, but yukkuri would still feel cold if they saw snow outside so they need something to comfort them.
When thirsty, there's a dispenser filled with water and slight trace of sweetness. When they needed snack, there's also candy for licking. There's also a treasure box inside.
Toilet is placed outside so the yukkuri doesn't have to see their own poo poo until it's cleaned. It's a platform with walls and a hole in the middle. The hole is designed so even baby and koyukkuri wont fall by accident. There's also a pillar covered with wet tissue for wiping their anyaru. If the yukkuri is used to it, they can even change the tissue on their own. Their excrements would fall to a tray with deodorizer and easily cleaned afterward.
Yes, I'm having a pet yukkuri and this 10jo (15 sqm) room is the yukkuri room.
Apparently I've been indulging too much in my job so when I realized it, I'm already in my late 40s, still unmarried. Because I now have more free time, my new editor suggested me to get a yukkuri pet, they've been popular again recently.
When they first appeared a decade ago, yukkuri are called trash manju. Only weirdos would keep them as pet. They ruined crops, claiming peoples' home, scattering trash ruining the city's cleanliness and even spreading diseases or causing accidents.
At that time, there's still peoples who thought they have intelligence because they can speak human language. That's when there's still lover organizations such as Yukkurinpeace or Yu Shepherds. Thanks to the protection, yukkuri became big headed and starts picking up fight with human.
You can get a lot more detail about those years from history reports.
A wind of change came when researchers begin understanding the creature called yukkuri, especially about the special sugar compound inside their body. This sugar is the base of their life and also their energy source. It can only be produced if a yukkuri felt uneasiness.
Yes, it's yukkuri's nature to feel uneasiness. Pets that are spoiled will starts asking for trouble and if they keep on getting easyness, they would use up all their sugar and die.
By understanding this, human starts treating yukkuri as they should, by denying them easyness. This way, yukkuri will be able to produce that precious sugar and survive.
Nowadays, they're part of the working force, producing various products and even fuel for the world. Yukkuri has changed from pest into beneficial creature.
This is when once again the idea of pet yukkuri became something possible.
My pet yukkuri is a softball sized Maricha. After being defrosted, she's looking in awe at the huge room. He asked me, "Big Brother, is it really okay for Maricha to stay here ?"
She called me big brother. But then, yukkuri doesn't really understand age. Instead, it shows how their impression of a human.
Big brother <== Shitty slave ==> Shitty geezer
"Of course, as long as you listen to what I say. After all, this room is for yukkuri."
Maricha is a raw yukkuri, which means she's not programmed much by the Factory and is really close to what natural yukkuri would be.
Apparently, Maricha is a nice yukkuri. If she go straight and claim the room, I'd crush her on the spot. But she asked me first before finally doing her house declaration.
What ? Why crush a pet ? Well, common type yukkuri are cheap. I have 11 others in my freezer. Usually they cost 100 Yen a dozen, but because I bought a lot of expensive goods, the store said they will supply me with common types as much as I want.
Factory's main product lines for pet yukkuri are food, orange juice, ramune and other goods. You can say yukkuri are just consumables for us to enjoy the pet yukkuri goods with. Factory doesn't take any profit from common type yukkuri pet.
That's why it's suggested to at least have three pets die before you start keeping pet seriously. Kill the first one naturally by spoiling them, kill the second one when they got annoying and kill the third one without any reason. After that, you know the drill.
Maricha is a raw type, so it's natural for her to act like this. In the wild, yukkuri test their declaration by seeing reaction of others. Not just human, if a yukkuri tried claiming an area too wide, they would get punished by their neighbours.
But in most case, they died for claiming human's area.
Yukkuri's intelligence is not from knowledge like what the Forest Sage would want you to believe. Neither does the ability to count numbers. Their true intelligence is to know their position and recognize something stronger than they are.
Unfortunately, yukkuri doesn't know their position in the nature. They don't have any specific role in nature. There's theory that because of that, they got influence from another creature that also doesn't have specific role in the nature, us, human.
After Maricha did her home declaration, I told her the declaration is accepted. Not even Maricha realized it, but yukkuri actually have a very strong need for acknowledgement. By accepting the declaration, it's engraved in Maricha's paste core that I have acknowledged her house declaration.
This kind of acknowledgement is what naturally form hierarchy in yukkuri's relationship. They will obey those who acknowledged their existence. This is also why in the wild, even the selfish yukkuri is loyal to their clan leader or Dosu.
The other way around, being said uneasy will gave them a reaction of being rejected.
But when Maricha tried to call me easy, I refused and told her I'm a human, so being called "easy" is not a praise. Not that I refused the praise, but this is to keep her from taking our relationship as equal.
After that, I let Maricha roam in the room. Behind the swing, she found a plastic ring with red plastic gem. Yukkuri love shiny stuffs. Good for her. That plastic toy cost 200 Yen for a whole hand, not expensive, but still cost a lot more compared to her.
When I called her, she quickly came back, showing more that she had good quality paste in her.
Because she bring back that ring in her mouth, I showed her the house and the treasure box inside. Maricha is very happy with her house, after all it's really expensive. Well, after this I should wipe the inside because surely Maricha wet herself just now from the joy.
After storing her treasure, Maricha decided she will embark on an exploration. For Maricha, this room is like a vast endless landscape for her to explore and I still have much "treasure" hidden.
Seeing her like this, yukkuri are really cute aren't they ?
When I gave her food (so-so taste, so her taste is not ruined), she goes munch munch happyness, scattering the food around. For me, she looks healthy and not repulsive at all.
I wiped the leftover food that stick around her mouth and around her.
Maricha ate a lot and so her body turn into eggplant shape. Now, I reminded her that her kind usually shit after eating. Marisa said she knew about how to use toilet. But the toilet is not inside the house. I brought her to the outdoor toilet.
Even with her body condition, Maricha swiftly run inside. She must be close to her limit already.
"This is Maricha's easy toilet!"
They have toilet declaration too ?
After Maricha let out her poo, I told her to wipe herself clean using the tissue.
We played again for a while until Maricha is tired and went back home to sleep. It's already getting late, so I went to sleep too. Before leaving the yukkuri room, I switched to the night light.
Maricha is a nice yukkuri and playing with her is quite fun. Tomorrow, we'll play together again.
Unfortunately, the next morning I found Maricha dead. Apparently she woke up in the middle of the night and decided to take a walk.
She played with the see saw and then falls down, rolled to the swing, got entangled by the chain and finally died from injury and paste loss.
Amazing, really. The see saw has rounded corners and it's hard to imagine how she could fall from it. The floor is covered in carpet so she won't be hurt. Moreover, the swing is tall enough and it's almost impossible a koyukkuri could get entangled at the chain.
I showed the picture to the pet shop, asking for their opinion.
"Well, that's how they are."
Yukkuri can't live with just easiness. They will try looking for trouble or bring their own doom, it's part of their natural instinct. No other creature in this world is so expert in raising death flag like yukkuri.
That's the interesting thing about pet yukkuri. It won't always go as what you planned. Every time, you would be reminded that yukkuri always go beyond your expectation. How long you could keep them, and how you will anticipate them.
My editor knows me, I like challenge. Now I understand why he suggested having pet yukkuri.
After cleaning the place and Maricha's death stench, I opened another frozen Maricha. Lets enjoy pet yukkuri again with this Maricha.