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Uh, Can Chocobos Be Milked In FF7 Rebirth?

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There’s a girl in Last Fantasy VII Rebirth’s opening city of Kalm that I can not cease eager about. She isn’t significantly particular. She doesn’t promote weapons. She doesn’t have a facet quest so that you can undertake. You may’t even play the wonderful minigame Queen’s Blood towards her. She is solely an NPC who populates the world and makes it really feel extra alive. She has a single job. Promote chocobo ice cream. And ever since I encountered her, I’ve not identified peace, as a result of her job has weird anatomical implications for the franchise’s iconic huge birds.

The primary two traces she utters (out of solely a handful she cycles by) are as follows: “Cool off with some chocobo ice cream! Our ice cream is made with contemporary milk straight from the native farms!” Should you aren’t acquainted with chocobos, you’ll want to know that they’re huge, often yellow, chicken creatures that the casts of varied Last Fantasy video games journey round as transportation. Whereas their designs have different barely from entry to entry, one factor has remained the identical: They’re birds. Birds are usually not identified to supply milk. In truth, they seemingly can’t make milk as a result of they’re avians, proper?

Proper. To get scientific, milk comes from lactation, the method of secreting the substance by the breast, throughout which it’s produced from the mammary glands. These glands are what give mammals their names. To cite the long-lasting 2000 comedy Meet the Parents, “you may milk something with nipples.” Following this logic, Chocobos would have to be mammals to have nipples and produce milk. Which, so far as I do know, has not been established in Last Fantasy lore (although if that is in some way unfaithful then please let me know).

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Cloud and party riding a group of chocobos

Picture: Sq. Enix

Birds, nonetheless, can not produce milk as they don’t seem to be mammals. Which is why I assumed chocobos wouldn’t be capable to produce milk, since they’re clearly birds. However are they? I don’t know what’s actual and what isn’t anymore. In fact, as has been recommended to me, this might simply be a themed snack as we do see one other stall promoting moogle buns, (a pastry full of cream, not sawed-off moogle butts), in Kalm as effectively. The ice cream stall will not be chocobo-themed, although, it’s simply an ice cream stall. A chocobo does seem in a single ice cream cone on show, however so do different Last Fantasy creatures equivalent to a moogle and cactaur. We do even have affirmation that cows exist as we see them within the Grasslands, so whereas it’s doable this isn’t chocobo milk we don’t know for positive that it isn’t.

It turns on the market may very well be an evidence that permits for the existence of chocobo ice cream whereas retaining their non-mammal standing. A fast Google search reveals that whereas birds can not produce milk, sure birds (pigeons, doves, and flamingos, male emperor penguins) can produce a milk-like substance known as crop milk. Crop milk is just like common mammalian milk and incorporates fats and protein however no carbohydrates. Although chicken milk is produced by regurgitating a secretion from the crop, a portion of a chicken’s digestive system that’s used to retailer meals. So if the chocobo ice cream is certainly, product of milk that got here from chocobos, this woman is promoting throw-up ice cream.

Regardless of the scientific investigation, we don’t have concrete reply to what precisely that girl in Kalm is promoting. So I’ll proceed to be haunted by her gross sales pitch. “Cool off with some chocobo ice cream! Our ice cream is made with contemporary milk straight from the native farms!”

Kotaku has reached out to Sq. Enix for remark.