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  • Flying bison
  • Flying Bison
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  • Flying Bison, also called "Sky Bison", lived in the Air Temples and before the war were supposedly the only way to reach them (other than Dragons perhaps). Flying bison have five stomachs, flat, beaver-like tails, brown eyes, shaggy, white fur, and a brown stripe that runs along their back, from tail-tip to forehead, where it terminates in an arrowhead. They have six-legs with three toes on each foot. These creatures are the main means of transportation for Air Nomads. According to a behind-the-scenes interview with the show's creators, they are a hybrid between a bison and a manatee.
  • Prior to the Hundred Year War, many flying bison lived in the air temples. They were highly respected by the Air Nomads, who regarded them as the first airbenders. While airbenders were in training, they each received a flying bison to become their lifelong companion. The sky bison was believed to be the only way in which people could reach an air temple. A few weeks after Harmonic Convergence, poachers near the Northern Air Temple began to capture week-old baby bison to sell for food to the upper class in Ba Sing Se, but were thwarted by Tenzin, new airbenders, and adult bison.
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  • air
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Status
  • Endangered
Appearance
  • "The Boy in the Iceberg"
Habitat
  • Air temples, Fire Nation
Uses
  • Transportation, entertainment, companionship
LastAppearance
  • Turf Wars Part 1
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  • Prior to the Hundred Year War, many flying bison lived in the air temples. They were highly respected by the Air Nomads, who regarded them as the first airbenders. While airbenders were in training, they each received a flying bison to become their lifelong companion. The sky bison was believed to be the only way in which people could reach an air temple. After the Air Nomad Genocide, Appa was believed to be the last of the flying bison. However, during his adventures after the Hundred Year War, Aang discovered a new herd, and the population started to grow again with colonies of healthy bison residing at all of the air temples. When Ikki ran away while visiting the Southern Air Temple in 171 AG, she hid in a cave that a bison family had made their home. While both parents were out, the young airbender entertained the four calves whom she had named Blueberry Spicehead, Princess Rainbow, Twinkle Starchild, and Juniper Lightning Bug. When Tenzin eventually found his daughter, he joined her in the cave, bonding particularly with Blueberry Spicehead. After Korra reconnected with her Avatar Spirit, she was given a flying bison from a herd that an elderly female shaman and other members of the Bhanti Tribe had been raising since the end of the Hundred Year War. The Avatar used the bison to travel to the Eastern Air Temple in preparation for the upcoming Harmonic Convergence. A few weeks after Harmonic Convergence, poachers near the Northern Air Temple began to capture week-old baby bison to sell for food to the upper class in Ba Sing Se, but were thwarted by Tenzin, new airbenders, and adult bison. When the Red Lotus ambushed the Air Nation at the Northern Air Temple, the airbenders attempted to evacuate using the flying bison at the stable. Before they could reach them, however, a nearby explosion, caused by P'Li's combustionbending, spooked the animals and they took off without the humans. Later that evening, a bison calf licked Kai while the young airbender was suspended upside down on a tree after being shot unconscious by P'Li. As he came to, the baby bison lowered himself, allowing Kai to descend upon his back. Earning a stroke on his head, the bison flew them out of there. When the Triple Threat Triad attacked the spirit portal, a flying bison transported Team Avatar from Air Temple Island to Republic city to help defend the portal.
  • Flying Bison, also called "Sky Bison", lived in the Air Temples and before the war were supposedly the only way to reach them (other than Dragons perhaps). Flying bison have five stomachs, flat, beaver-like tails, brown eyes, shaggy, white fur, and a brown stripe that runs along their back, from tail-tip to forehead, where it terminates in an arrowhead. They have six-legs with three toes on each foot. These creatures are the main means of transportation for Air Nomads. According to a behind-the-scenes interview with the show's creators, they are a hybrid between a bison and a manatee. All Flying Bison can use Airbending to fly, utilizing their broad tails to steer through air currents and also to defend themselves. As shown in "Appa's Lost Days", they are also able to use their mouths and possibly their noses to Airbend. A fully-grown Flying Bison can easily weigh ten tons. They are revered by the Air Nomads, whose tattoos deliberately emulate their arrow-shaped markings, for inspiring the Airbending art, similarly to how Badgermoles inspired Earthbending and the Dragons with Firebending. It was customary for young Air Nomads to choose a Flying Bison to be their lifelong companion. Aang chose Appa at the Eastern Air Temple when he was a baby, by giving him an apple. To direct his Flying Bison Appa to take flight, Aang uses the command "Yip-yip". To summon one from a far location, one may use a Flying Bison whistle. Though fairly docile, these creatures can be fearsome when aroused to fight, as is shown in the episode "Appa's Lost Days". The most notable and possibly last surviving Flying Bison is Appa, Aang's companion and major means of long-distance transportation. In the Northern Air Temple, Airbenders held a championship for "Sky Bison Polo" as mentioned in the episode "The Northern Air Temple". This game was played in the air, Airbenders rode their bison and tried to force the ball with their polo mallet into an opponents goal. A Flying Bison is first seen in "The Boy in the Iceberg".
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