Not entirely sure if this is a bug or not so I'm putting this question into general just in case.
I logged in today to play a little and I went to complete the build process for my new metal habitat. It wouldn't complete entirely because it wants me to find friends or pay with gems to actually complete it. I saw nothing in the popups while logging in saying anything about a chance like this. So the short story is that my personal habitats that only I use now cost not only gold, but also gems/real money to build (short of begging other people to help me complete the build process for some reason).
So my question is whether this is an accidental change to an element in game and it needs a fix that I can wait for, or is this just a decision that was made to the habitats and how they work.
If it's the latter, I'm going to be very disappointed. I don't wish to get a bunch of people I don't know onto some "friend list" just to leech help from people with something so basic and common as building a habitat (I outright refuse to pay real money for habitats). I don't even have a "normal" FaceBook account because I don't believe in friends lists of people who aren't actually friends.
Please let me know if this new requirement to complete building habitats is intended or a bug.