Unexpectedly, Owen and Beru Lar’s only eopie passes away. This means that the moisture farmers suddenly have no Blue Milk, so Owen makes it a priority to get a new one. He and Beru scrape together what they can, travel to the nearest Eopie farm on the outskirts of Mos Espa, and purchase a new animal.
The new eopie gives milk immediately. In fact, it gives so much milk — with such a delicious flavor — that Owen and Beru recognize that they have something special on their hands. They decide to dip into their savings once more to buy a male companion for their new eopie, with the hopes of producing a new generation of eopies and, perhaps, starting their own dairy farm.
They purchase the male eopie, put him in the pen with the female… and notice something strange. Every time the male approaches the female, she moves away. If he approaches from the front, she backs up. If he goes from behind, she moves forward. If he comes at her from the side, she walks to the side.
Frustrated, Owen and Beru take the female to a very expensive veterinarian on the other side of Mos Eisley. “What seems to be the problem?” asks the vet, while examining the eopie.
“Doctor, it’s all very peculiar,” says Owen. “We bought a male to impregnate this eopie, but she won’t let him near her. If he approaches from the front, she backs up. If he goes from behind, she moves forward. If he comes at her from the side, she walks to the side.”
“Hmmmmm,” replies the doctor, “is this female from Mos Espa?”
Owen and Beru look at each other, astounded by the man’s insight. “Why, yes!” exclaims Beru. “How did you know?”
The doctor sighs. “My wife is from Mos Espa.”