Like a cross between a rhino and a woolly mammoth, the mudhorn evokes so many questions and doesn’t deliver many answers. Which is highly disappointing but also a little exciting that we don’t know everything about these creatures. What do we know about them, though?
The mudhorn made its first appearance in “Chapter 2: The Child” of The Mandalorian in season 1. In order to get his parts back, Din Djarin needed to retrieve a mudhorn egg, which is a delicacy to the Jawas living on Arvala-7. While almost dying by the creature’s horn, Din and Grogu were able to bring it down together.
First off, let’s just talk about how this gigantic mammal is laying EGGS! That is so rare on Earth and even then, they’re small animals such as different species of echidna and the duck-billed platypus. Mudhorn eggs aren’t even like normal eggs either, they’re covered in the same fur, and they’re huge — think like the size of a normal teddy bear.
Eggs aside, this creature is utterly captivating. With those flat teeth, what does it eat? Does it eat mud like its name or is it only named that way because it nests in a cave full of mud? How rare are these creatures? Do they reproduce asexually? I have so many questions about them and I need to know more!
Turns out, the creature is based on an ancient mammal that roamed here on Earth: the Siberian unicorn. Also scientifically called Elasmotherium, these massive beasts made Eurasia home. It’s a wonder if the mudhorn has made home anywhere else. We do know one has been included in a zoo, featured in The High Republic book Race to Crashpoint Tower. Either way, mudhorns need more inclusion in the universe.