These are amazing early game mounts that will always remain useful. Level up carry weight and you can use it not only for metal runs but chop trees while on it's back. It's also amazing for combat as it's knock back is decent but more importantly it allows for a great ranged weapon mount with it's turn radius, speed and jump to avoid close encounters. For the rare flowers if on scorched Earth then tame a Morello and gather the purple plants with it. On any other map raid beaver dams!
I find it useful if you pump nothing but weight and then harvest metal with it, just put yourself in the pouch and have a friend walk up to metal nodes, then you can harvest metal without even leaving the pouch!
Had one of these in a multi server, named him Steve Irwin. One of the best transport tames ingame period, got around 30 levels because of him. I’ve killed rexes and broncos with this thing. Knockback is amazing, and can easily run away from a fight if things go wrong. Sadly, game crashed in a cave and he passed away. Rest In Peace, Steve Irwin.