Concerning Sehlats

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Title: Concerning Sehlats
Creator: Lee Burwasser
Date(s): June 1970
Medium: print
Fandom: Star Trek: TOS
Topic: Sehlat
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Concerning Sehlats is an article by Lee Burwasser first printed in Spockanalia #5. It was reprinted in The Despatch #17.

inside page from issue #5, title page for "Concerning Sehlats"
inside page from issue #5, Alicia Austin for "Concerning Sehlats"
From Boldly Writing:
Spockanalia 5 ran an important article, 'Concerning Sehlats' by Lee Burwasser. In this piece, the author looks at precedents in nature to see what sort of animal would have six-inch fangs. The author concludes, 'And so our portrait of the sehlat: a carnivore or just possibly tushed omnivore, general shape that of a giant panda, size on the order of an Alaskan brown bear, highly intelligent, and despite the six-inch fangs, of a patient and gentle disposition.... Question: did the sehlat belong to Spock, or was Spock in the care of the sehlat?' The Star Trek production staff read this article, and animators incorporated many of the suggestions into the drawing of the sehlat I-Chaya in the animated episode, 'Yesteryear'.