Disregarding quarantine laws, Blizzard have opened up the cage and introduced a new pet to World of Warcraft. Starting today, the wild and noble Cenarion Hatchling is available as a colourful, adorable companion for your character - and it's all for a good cause.
In case he looks familiar, the Cenarion Hatchling is actually the twin of the rare Hippogryph Hatchling pet which appeared in the first World of Warcraft Trading Card Game set, Heroes of Azeroth. Now, this young Cenarion is here to offer a helping talon to some friends in need.
Blizzard have told us that for every Cenarion Hatchling purchased between now and July 31, 2011, 100% of the $10 USD adoption fee will be sent to the American Red Cross's Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami relief efforts. That's right, your cute little pal will help provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to those affected by the disaster.
Blizzard fans have demonstrated before just how generous they really are, donating more than $1.1 million to Make-A-Wish in 2010 from sales of the Pandaren Monk, and enjoying great success with the followup Moonkin Hatchling later that year.
This time around, the baby Cenarion will flap, flip and squawk away happily, and you can rest assured you've done something to help. He's hanging out in the Blizzard store, for more information head to the Pet Store FAQ.
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