A Mugato from the planet Neural

The Mugato was an ape-like carnivore that inhabited the subtropical savannah regions of the planet Neural.

Characteristics Edit

Mugatos were large, intimidating animals that could reach a height of two meters (not including their horns). Covered by a thick pelt of white fur all over their bodies with the exception of their faces and hands, they were similar to the great apes of Earth in their physical proportions and prehensile hands and feet. All of their teeth were sharp and serrated and their fangs contained a strong venom that was fatal to Humans and inhabitants of Neural alike within a matter of hours. Mugatos had large, thick horns projecting from the top of their craniums as well as smaller spikes running down the spine. They usually traveled with their mates.

Attacks Edit

Mugatos were known to attack humanoids. The Mugato would wrestle a person to the ground in order to bite it and inject its poison.

Whether the attack on Kirk was a defensive action or preparatory to eating him is unknown.

Mugato venom Edit

Mugato venom was a toxin that attacked a humanoid's nervous system. Death was slow and could take several hours. The only known cure as of 2268 was the use of the mahko root by a female shaman of Neural's Hill People known as a Kahn-ut-tu. As part of an associated ritual, the mahko root was pressed against the victim's wound, convulsed of its own power, and neutralized the toxin. (TOS: "A Private Little War")

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Background information Edit

Originally called a Neuralese Great Ape in the first draft script, dated 7 August 1967, the Mugato finally became the Gumato in the later drafts script; however, DeForest Kelley could not pronounce the name correctly and it was changed. Both Kelley and Shatner pronounced the name as Mugatu all the way through the episode, and Mugato is still frequently misspelled Mugatu in various sources such as The Star Trek Compendium.

In the film serial Flash Gordon, the native Orangopoids from the planet Mongo resemble the Mugato. These creatures were colloquially known as "The Dreaded Beast of Mongo," where they were often used in ritualistic executions of so-called enemies of the state.

It also bears some minor resemblance to the gremlin from the "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" episode of The Twilight Zone. William Shatner starred in this episode as a neurotic airline passenger. The creature terrorized Shatner's character until he went mad.

Ben Stiller, an avid Star Trek fan, named the Zoolander villain Jacobin Mugatu after the Mugato.

Gorboona aka mugato

Lucy gets a hug from the "gorboona".

The Mugato costume was created and performed by Janos Prohaska. It is believed that Prohaska also used the costume for the "Fatal Cargo" episode of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, without its head horn or back spikes (DVD season 4, volume 1), and in Season 1, Episode 22, "Lucy's Safari", of Here's Lucy. The Star Trek Encyclopedia (4th ed., vol. 2, p. 57) noted Prohaska had designed and built the mugato from an ape suit he had previously built for another project.

In the end credits of "A Private Little War", Prohaska receives credit as Gumato.

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