The Hunger Games saga comes to a close this November, with the mockingjay becoming one of the most prominent fictional animals in our lexicon. But the post-apocalyptic world of Panem actually houses quite a few fictional terrors – just that they didn’t quite get as much screen time as the mockingjay.

So here are some of the fauna of Panem that you’re not likely to find in the Singapore Zoo. Let’s just hope they never escape Panem!

1. Jabberjays

Jabberjays attack! Credit: Bookish

Jabberjays attack! Credit: Bookish

Remember the parrots in the Flintstones, the ones that acted as voice mailboxes? The jabberjays are those parrots, except they’re far more sinister. Bred by the Capitol to spy on the common man, the jabberjays could memorise entire human conversations and recite them verbatim. Thankfully, the people discovered the properties of the jabberjays, and their spying abilities were rendered worthless. This didn’t stop them from mimicking human screams and torturing our heroes in the Hunger Games though!

2. Wolf muttations

Wolf muttations. Credit: Hollywire

Wolf muttations. Credit: Hollywire

Muttations are, of course, an awful pun on the word mutations, and are used as a generic term to describe any of the biologically enhanced animals in the Hunger Games world. Wolf muttations are particularly ferocious mutated wolves who can walk on two feet, jump prodigious heights and sport vicious claws. The most creepy ability they have is that they can be bred to look just like humans. And that’s exactly what the Capitol did – breeding wolf muttations that looked like Katniss’ dead friends, and then unleashing them on our heroes.

3. Tracker jackers

Tracker jacker hive. Credit: Hunger Games Wikia

Tracker jacker hive. Credit: Hunger Games Wikia

In keeping with the strange puns and wordplay of fictional animals, the oddly named tracker jackers are wasps, but worse. Normal wasps are already capable of bringing down a human being, although they’re not specially evolved to do so. Tracker jackers are wasps that are specifically bred to attack humans, and their venom causes horrific hallucinations in their victims. While one sting isn’t lethal, multiple stings by tracker jackers can kill – just like a regular wasp.

4. Rose-scented reptiles (aka lizard muttations)

A lizard muttation can bite your head off. Credit: Hunger Games Wikia

A lizard muttation can bite your head off. Credit: Hunger Games Wikia

First described as “rose-scented reptiles” in the book, these lizard muttations have jaws so large that they decapitate a human being in a single bite. What’s worse is that they look like a slimy combination of human and lizard, and they appear as white-skinned human-sized creatures that can also walk on two legs. Oddly, they smell like roses, which is the one saving grace of this monster – although why anyone would want to smell this creature is beyond me. Of course, if you read the books, you might know that Katniss is violently repulsed by the perfume of roses because they remind her of President Snow, who always wears a genetically enhanced white rose to cover up the stench of blood from his mouth ulcers.

5. Mockingjay

An illustration of a mockingjay. Credit: Hunger Games Wikia

An illustration of a mockingjay. Credit: Hunger Games Wikia

And finally, we have the eponymous mockingjay! It’s the only creature that’s not artificially engineered, nor is it meant for some horrific purpose. The mockingjays are actually jabberjays (remember those?) who bred with mockingbirds. Hence their name is actually a portmanteau of both mockingbirds and jabberjays.

While the jabberjays mimic human speech, the mockingjays can mimic melodies of birds and humans, and are said to go silent if they hear a song they like. That’s where Katniss comes in – the mockingjays fall silent at the sound of her singing, and she takes them as her symbol. Let’s hope this is enough to rally the people of Panem against the Capitol!

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

So does Katniss triumph in the final movie? Or will her struggles be for naught? Watch The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 to find out what happens in the epic conclusion!

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