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Merlion]] is a mythical creature designed by the Singapore Tourist Promotion Board to represent Singapore. A concept was first devised in 1963. It 's a fish with a lions head hence the name; "mer" meaning sea/ocean and lion. This design has its origin in the legend of Singapores creation. A prince of a Sumatran kingdom, Sang Nila Utama, spotted a beautiful beach on the island of Temasek, where a fishing village was also located. Upon arrival, he spotted a beautiful lion and founded the city of Singapura, "Lion City". |+|
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|−|The original Merlion statue is currently located in the Merlion Park in Marina Bay at the core of Singapore, visible from the entire waterfront. It's around 8. 6 meters tall and constantly gushes water out of its mouth into the sea. Due to that, Singaporeans use "Merlion" as a euphemism for puking. Later on a smaller statue, dubbed the Merlion Cub, was placed behind it. In 2009, the large statue was struck by lightning but the damage was quickly repaired. |+|
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|−|As a famous icon of Singapore, the Merlion has appeared or been mentioned in several games and TV series, such as YuruYuri, Cowboy Bebop, Animal Crossing and A Place Further Than The Universe. However, despite its popularity and fame, the statues don't appear to impress everyone. Among the Japanese, it is named one of the "Three Major Disappointments of the World" alongside the Little Mermaid (the statue in Copenhagen, not the tale) and Manneken Pis in Brussels. |+|
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Merlion only appeared in a tweet by Mine Yoshizaki for CharaExpo 2017, which hosted an event with Kemono Friends voice actresses. She has pure white waist-length hair with two lion ears at the front of her head. Her eyes have a vibrant emerald colour. She is wearing a white three button waist coat featuring a Singapore flag pocket square within it’s breast pocket, a white undershirt with a white cravat and pulled up sleeves. She also wears a pair of colonial breeches inspired white leggings and white gloves. The shoes Merlion wears are a pair of white penny loafers with a ribbed tongue. She has a very large fish tail covered in scallop shell shaped scales, with a slight rainbow-colored shadow along the bottom. |+|
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The Greater Lophorina, also known as the Greater Superb Bird-of-Paradise, is an arrogant, small perching bird native to New Guinea. They live in the edges of the tropical rainforest of Indonesia. They're around 25 centimeters long. It used to be the only species in its genus until it was split into three; the Greater, Lesser and Crescent-caped Lophorina. While they all look rather similar with only minor differences, the Greater Lophorina's calls and song are very different from the other two.
While the female Greater Lophorinas are unimpressively brown, the males are notable for their super black plumage, which absorbs between 99.7-99.95% of visible light. Comparatively, a crows plumage absorbs around 95-97% of light. Together with the light blue patch on the head and breast, the male attempts impress females with its black plumage and dance. Since the males vastly outnumber females, they have to put a lot of work into their performance, even cleaning out a little dance floor in advance by removing any rubble, leaves and even scrubbing the ground or a branch smooth with leaves. They call females with a loud call and, once a potential mate arrives, unfold and spread their feathers and dance around the female. Notably, the Greater Superb Bird-of-Paradise forms a round oval shape with its plumage while the Crescent-Caped Superb Bird-of-Paradise forms a croissant shape. On average, a female rejects around 20 males before mating.
The Greater Lophorina lays around 1-3 eggs in their nest on top of trees. The eggs hatch after around 3 weeks and the chicks becomes independent within 2-4 weeks. Females become mature within 2 years while males require twice as long to develop their courtship plumage. Their diet depends on seasonal availability. They mostly eat insects and fruits but may also hunt for frogs, reptiles and smaller birds. Threats are other, larger birds as well as snakes, deforestation and humans hunting them for their plumes. Despite these threats, it is still one of the most common and widespread birds of paradise on New Guinea.
Kemono Friends' Greater Lophorina first appeared in promotional material advertising Kemono Friends 2 together with Western Parotia, her partner in the idol duo GothicxLuck. Like her real life counterpart, she is almost completely covered in black. Even her hair and pupils are black. She wears a black sweater, a large black cape, black gloves, tights and ballerina shoes. A large, shiny blue adornment covers most of her upper body. She was added to Pavilion a week after Western Parotia. Her unique behavior has her dancing on the blue light stage.