Amblypygids, nicknamed "whip spiders" and "tailless whip scorpions", have a total of eight limbs (or ten if you count the pedipalps), but the first pair are antennas, and his pedipalps are foldable, raptorial pincers shaped like a mantis.
Due to being an arachnid Pongo is restricted to eating liquid food only (solid food can make him sick).
Pongo is quite friendly despite his appearance, but gets misunderstood a lot. He also hates it whenever he's called a spider (Amblypygids look like spiders, but are of a separate bloodline).
As a consular, he specializes in caring for emotionally traumatized organisms, including those who are afraid of Pongo himself.
He likes Grizz a lot, and is a great help for the bear for obvious reasons.
He likes Panda a lot too, and Panda finds him quite useful in any of their emotional-troubles, though sometimes Panda finds the arachnid intimidating of course.
He usually has trouble understanding the polar bear, who's the least emotional of the three bears, but Pongo is aware that Ice Bear is compassionate.
He honestly doesn't know what to say about Charlie, mostly because Pongo wasn't much of a believer at first, but he sees Charlie as a nice person, if not unwanted by many.
He and Chloe get along nicely, she has a fascination in the arachnid and enjoys being with him.
His opinion on the koala is usually negative of course, and Pongo sometimes wonders how Nom-Nom's parents (if he has any) are taking it.
- All known Amblypygi are nocturnal.
- Pongo however prefers to be awake during the day.
- Amblypygids possess no silk glands or venomous fangs. They rarely bite if threatened, but can grab fingers with their pedipalps, resulting in thorn-like puncture injury, but are otherwise harmless to humans.
- The Amblypygi's nicknames "whip spider" and "tailless whip scorpion" derives from the first pair of limbs, which look like whips.
- Their latter nickname can get them confused with whip scorpions (Thelyphonida), also known as vinegaroons.
- Fossilized amblypygids have been found dating back to the Carboniferous period, an example is Graeophonus.
- Like scorpions, mother Amblypygids carry their young on their backs.
- The name "amblypygid" means "blunt rump", a reference to a lack of the flagellum ("tail") that is otherwise seen in whip scorpions.
- Amblypygi are found in tropical and subtropical regions worldwide.
- The amblypygid diet mostly consists of arthropod prey, but this opportunistic predator has also been observed feeding on vertebrates.
- Like all arachnids (except harvestmen), amblypygids can only eat liquid-food. This makes sense as Pongo tends to avoid solid-food in fear of falling ill.