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Le-matya

A predatory Le-matya

The Le-matya was a large predatory beast, bearing poisonous claws, native to the planet Vulcan. Le-matyas were known to live in the foothills of the L-langon Mountains along Vulcan's Forge.

In 2237, Spock encountered and was nearly killed by a Le-matya, while undergoing his kahs-wan ordeal. Spock was fortunately saved by his pet sehlat, I-Chaya, and his cousin, Selek, who was able to incapacitate the Le-matya with a Vulcan nerve pinch. Unfortunately, I-Chaya was injured by the Le-matya's claws and eventually succumbed to the poison. (TAS: "Yesteryear")

In the script of "Yesteryear", the species name Le-matya is consistently underlined, like no other word in the teleplay. Also, the script states, "A Le-matya is a creature resembling a mountain lion... but it is huge, has an almost impenetrable leathery gray hide, and the poison of its claws and fangs is lethal." The creature was evidently animated with more colorful skin shades. For the Le-matya's growl, the quite famous call of Godzilla was used. (Trek Navigator: The Ultimate Guide to the Entire Trek Saga, p. 272) The novelization of "Yesteryear" (in Star Trek Log 1) is consistent with the scripted description of the Le-matya, referring to it as having a "leathery-grey hide."

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