from The Star Wars Encyclopedia
Large, four-legged beasts of burden found on Tatooine and elsewhere, these creatures have adapted to a variety of climates and terrain. Wild herds still roam some planets; on others, the only banthas are domesticated. Males have a pair of large tapering horns and can be as wide as three meters at the shoulders. Banthas survive on grasses and other native flora, and becasue of thier size and internal reserves, can live for up to a month or so without water or food. Often used as pack animals, their long, thick fur is prized for clothing and their meat for food. Even bantha-skin boots and carrying cases bring top credit on some worlds. The Tusken Raiders have a special bond with their personal bantha and if the bantha dies, the Raider is sent into the desert in the hopes of being adopted by a wild bantha. P>
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