We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
yes, the Algor, with its wide, toothy mouth, flaring nostrils, enormous yellow belly, and comically drooping tail, is very closely related to the giant Crock, as well as that other giant of de Nile, the plant-devouring Hypocritamus.
Since both creatures ferociously atax everyone who tries to stick a toe in the water, either pulling them under or sending them paddling upstream, most locals just avoid the banks and the current and make their settlements with the jungle.