Assume an Earth-like planet.
The task is to transport a very heavy object through mostly light and some difficult terrain. The object is resting within a basket or pouch, formed like a slingshot and be attached to the beast(s) via cables. The pouch is then dragged over the ground, forming a deep trench in softer grounds.
Cables and pouch are assumed to be indestructible, or not part of the problem.
Created with advanced biotech, how would a beast of burden look like to pull this setup described above?
Everything except the animal is fixed, and cannot be changed.
Advanced Biotech means:
Does not need to have evolved naturally.
All body parts can be formed at will and placed in arbitrary positions to maximize their ability to pull the pouch.
Is an animal, not a machine.
Eats Food, needs to be able to get the nutrients for pulling out of the food.
Would it be better to use many small ones or a huge one?
- Imagine the object in question like the root of a great tree, still enclosed within a sphere of dirt and resting in the pouch.
- There a many of the objects, and their masses range from two tons to more than 1000 tons (or whatever the physical limit would be to not sink too far into the earth).
- The intent is to pull the object, not to create a trench. The trench is created because the object is really really heavy.