This is a much, much better Tuf story than “A Beast for Norn”.
It’s more creative, more interesting, more funny, more dramatic, and handles the environmentalist themes a lot better too. The plot is compelling, the twists and turns are exciting but well-grounded, and the worldbuilding is as fascinating as some of the better “Thousand Worlds” stories (the Tuf stories are separate to those, but are in the same genre of course).
If I could only recommend one Tuf story to someone, it would be this one, because it exemplifies the best and most notable aspects of the series. I give it three mudpots, and a telepathic kitten.