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Pyrithian bat

A female Pyrithian bat

A Pyrithian bat was a flying mammal with white fur and primarily dieted on snow beetles and moth larvae. The bat's natural predator was the Pyrithian moon hawk.

Doctor Phlox kept a pet female Pyrithian bat among his many animals aboard Enterprise NX-01. (ENT: "Fight or Flight") Once, while musing about Humans' unique affinity for indulging an emotional bond with pets, he admits to himself that he has talked to his Pyrithian bat. (ENT: "Dear Doctor")

In 2152, while Captain Archer spent a night in sickbay, the doctor's bat got out. The two spent part of the night trying to capture it, and Phlox made a paper Pyrithian moon hawk and tried to impersonate the call of it to scare the bat. It was less than successful, but Hoshi Sato was able to catch it relatively simply. (ENT: "A Night in Sickbay")

In 2153, when Phlox was affected by Borg nanoprobes, Hoshi Sato picked up some Vulcan sandworms for him from the galley and fed them to his bat. (ENT: "Regeneration")

In the Delphic Expanse, Phlox offered Malcolm Reed some of his bat's moth larvae to eat, after Reed had transformed back from being Loque'eque, and still found his stomach was sensitive to Human food. (ENT: "Extinction") He later used his bat as a distraction while he dispatched a Triannon guard in November of 2153. He claimed that there was no antidote for its venom, though it was not actually venomous. (ENT: "Dear Doctor") He told the bat not to bite his fingers again whilst feeding it a moth larvae, just before he eats one himself. (ENT: "Chosen Realm")

The use of the term "Pyrithian" was originally introduced in Star Trek: Voyager in association with the Pyrithian Gorge, located on the Talaxian homeworld, in the Delta Quadrant. Since the Pyrithian bat and Pyrithian moon hawk, two species known to the Denobulans, were presumably native to a planet in the Alpha or Beta Quadrant, it would seem apparent that this term was not related, and was simply used by two distinct cultures, such as the term "Darmok".
In the final draft script of "A Night in Sickbay", the Pyrithian bat was described as "large" and "dark blue." In ultimately omitted dialogue from the final draft script of "Damage", Phlox mentioned to T'Pol that his Pyrithian bat was in heat and that, as a result, it very often made a "cooing" noise that Phlox described as "incessant" and "trying".
In the reference book Star Trek: Star Charts (p. 44), Pyrithia was a planet in the 26 Draconis system. This system, located in the Alpha Quadrant, was a trinary star system, and was named as a stop on the Denobulan trade routes in the 22nd century.

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