Lowland Drakes are boorish things. They may be small but they’re ferocious hunters, making them ideal neighbours to farmers with rabbit problems.
But the drakes have an unusual fondness for root vegetables, too. Bonded pairs often dig themselves into deep dens over winter, so store the vegetables for themselves and their new pups. Raw tubers are too hard for newly hatched gums, so the parents bake them with their flames until soft. Sometimes, if available, herbs and bird eggs are added to increase nutrition and flavour.
It’s said that humans got the idea for jacket potatoes from watching the drakes. A staple of many a family meal – hard to imagine a burrow of drakes enjoying the same.