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The Tribble infestation of space station K-7.
Internal anatomy of a Tribble

Tribbles (taxonomic classification Polygeminus grex, yIH in Klingonese) are small, furry animals native to planet Iota Geminorum IV. (TOS short story: "The Last Tribble").

They are notable for being as voracious eaters, as well as for their rapid rate of procreation. Observed to "neither toil or spin", they are known for their affectionate nature and the calming nature of their purring. These characteristics, however, are not evident when in the presence of Klingons. (TOS episode: "The Trouble With Tribbles")

James T. Kirk encountered these animals again, in suspended animation. Other lifeforms were in cryostasis from across the galaxy, on Raga's Planet. Kirk could not discern if the tribbles, gromenghastlies and creatures he had never before seen were real or sequences of telepathy from Singha. (TOS novel: The Sleeping God)

Alexandra, daughter of Enterprise-D Crewman Toya owned a very quiet and still one. Possibly a plush toy, it comically stuck to the back of the captain's uniform. Jean-Luc Picard was none the wiser. (TNG episode: "When the Bough Breaks")

Vin Asunder had a pet tribble named Spike which he took with him on all away team missions believing it would bring him good luck and prevent him becoming a "redshirt". (TNG video game: Away Team)

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The tribble was an animal native to Iota Geminorum IV. Known for their prodigious reproductive rate, these round, furry creatures emitted cooing sounds while touched, which had a tranquilizing effect on the Human nervous system. Born pregnant, with sufficient food a single tribble could quickly increase its number exponentially through presumably asexual reproduction, bearing an average litter of ten every twelve hours. (TOS: "The Trouble with Tribbles")

Sharvetra Pooth'kiph made her science project about how to control tribble reproduction without limiting their food supply. (Starship Independence)

Cardassians and Romulans were known to eat tribble stew. The Cardassians were said to make the best tribble meals in the galaxy. Also, since there isn't much meat in a tribble, either species can eat as many as six tribbles in a single meal. (RIS Bouteina)

In 2386, Doctor Lox genetically altered a tribble with the Klingon augment virus using a Genitronic replicator, causing the tribble to become sentient. The tribble multiplied and attempted to take over the USS Phoenix-X but were ultimately forced off to escape via the hijacked IKS Korinar. (Star Trek: Phoenix-X: "Triple Tribble Sunday)

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