The gripping story of bravery and tenacity in Hulu’s “Prey” is set on the Northern Great Plains in September 1719. As a brilliant tracker and sensitive hunter of the Comanche tribe, Naru (Amber Midthunder) yearns to distinguish himself from his brother Taabe and other hunters of his clan. Sarii, Naru’s dog, is always by her side during the search. After Taabe kills the cougar that had made a nest nearby and takes over as his clan’s warlord, Naru grows jealous. She also believes that the real threat, the one that alarmed the cougar, is still present. She goes alone in search of the beast, accompanied only by Sarii. We know if Sarii survives or perishes in “Prey.”
The dog perishes?
In “Prey”, Sarii does not perish. Naru immediately recognizes that she may have taken too much after leaving the safety of her clan. She first ran aground in a swamp and almost perished when she fell into it. After successfully escaping the death trap, she comes across a grizzly bear and attempts to kill it. Instead, she manages to get the beast’s attention. Luckily for her, Sarii engages the grizzly and temporarily disengages it from her. The predator eventually appears and kills the bear.
Naru grows throughout the film both as a person and as a hunter. She does this, for example, by rescuing Sarii when she is taken hostage by French fur trappers. In the pivotal scene, Sarii helps Naru take down the Predator himself. They bring the head of the Predator back to their clan. The appearance of additional predators is shown in the credits in images reminiscent of cave paintings. In one corner, standing defiantly, are Naru and Sarii. Sarii will likely make an appearance in the sequel if they produce one.
What breed is this dog?
Sarii is a female Carolina Dog named Coco in real life. The breed was initially a landrace or domesticated animal that had been adapted to the region, but eventually became feral and was found in the wild. East Asian dog breeds are genetically related to Carolina dogs.
Coco was definitely the handle on the “Prey” set, according to Midthunder and director Dan Trachtenberg. During a press conference, Midthunder said: “I love this dog [Coco] with all my heart and with all my soul. It was hard. I don’t know where that dog is from, you know. They acquired it about two months before the movie. And she was so energetic. She goes through Coco. When Coco was around, she spent a lot of time rushing around, doing tricks, and generally acting happy to see everyone. In other words, she was a dream come true for me. The fact that Sarii and Coco have quite distinct movie-making personalities shows what a talented director Dan is.
It was crucial for them to have a time-accurate dog, and according to Trachtenberg, Coco was fantastic. They used all available footage of her in the film. The difficulty, as Amber noted, was that this was a dog that we believe accurately represented the period and was known as Caroline’s dog. And this dog hasn’t been trained in years like most movie dogs, you know? Therefore, we had to make the best use of our resources. Fortunately, it turned out that way, said the manager of ’10 Cloverfield Lane’.