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    Posted: 03 Aug 2009 at 09:29
Which is your countrys largest land animal?
 
Here in Sweden we have the Elk/Moose (Alces alces) it is the largest in todays world:
 
 
The Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) is also rather large and massive:
 
 
But for only 13 000 years ago we had this giant living here in Sweden:
 
 
It was the Woolly Mammoth (Mammuthus primigenius).
 
We also had this one living some thousands years back:
 
 
It was the European Bison or Wisent (Bison bonasus) still living freely in Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania, Russia and Belarus.
 
And this wild one was also a part of our fauna up until around 6000 or 7000 years ago:
 
 
It was the Aurochs (Bos primigenius) the ancestor of todays cattle. The last wild Aurochs was killed in Poland in the 17th century.
 


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I guess the deers and the bears are the largest land animals right now.

About 2000+ years ago you would find even lions but they were exterminated. About 6000-7000 years ago you would also see a rhino.

The largest of all of those was this one:



It could reach up to 5m in height.

EDIT: Greece


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Which country is that?
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People. I think its supposed to be a Red Kangaroo, but I reckon alot of people are definitely bigger than a roo.

Oh actually, I ignored domestics, its probably Cattle or Horses.
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Do you not have feral Dromedars in Australia too?
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Originally posted by Flipper Flipper wrote:


EDIT: Greece
 
Oh yes, now I remember.
 
Greece is a beautiful country.
 
The large animal on your picture seems to be a Deinotherium.
By the way: I can reccomend the book The First Fossil Hunters: Paleontology in Greek and Roman Times, by Adrienne Mayor. There one can read that already the Greeks of antiquity speculated about fossils and extinct animals.
 
 


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Yes indeed, it is the Deinotherium.
Thanks for the book suggestion. I didn't know that someone took the time to write about the speculations on fossils in antiquity.
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Oh yes, she has also written several articles about this subject among them: "Ancient References to the Fossils in the Land of Pythagoras." With N. Solounias. Earth Sciences History (2005).
 
She has also written a book about how the Native Americans perceived Fossils:
 
Fossil Legends of the First Americans

 
 
Here is a link to her and her writings:
 
 
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I don't really know about Britain - it would probably be some kind of deer or something
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Biggest in England is probably the horse or cow. We don't really have big animals.
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We used to have bears....
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Originally posted by Carcharodon Carcharodon wrote:

Do you not have feral Dromedars in Australia too?


Yes, we do. At least 1 million of them, in fact. Here's a few categories that I'll take a stab at, for Aus:

Largest amphibious: Saltwater Crocodile
Largest domestic: Clydesdale horse, maybe?
Largest terrestrial (including feral/introduced): Asian Water Buffalo
Largest terrestrial (native): Probably go with Omar, Red Kangaroo

Overall it would be tight between the Water Buffalo and the Croc. Both can weigh well over a tonne, but is the croc what you are looking for as a 'land animal', and the Water Buffalo isn't exactly 'native'...
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In Canada it is the Wood bison (=1000kgs), Slightly larger and heavier that the plains bison or the european bison.
closely followed by a polar bear (800 kgs)and a moose( 700kg) and a grizzly at (abou450 kgs)
 
I've seen all up close in the wild and its the polar bear or the moose that are the scary ones (well except the moose that lives down the road from my house that I see every second day on my way to work she and her calf are just having breakfast and look harmless but looks are decieving)
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In the U.S. (including Alaska), our largest native wild animals would  be the American Buffalo (Bison bison), Moose (Alces alces), Kodiak Bear (Ursus arctos middendorffi), Grizzly Bear (Ursus arctos horribilis), and Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus). Our largest domestic animal is probably the Clydesdale Horse.
 
The animal that we in North America know as the Moose ( Alces alces) is the same species that in the British Isles is known as the Elk.  The animal that we here in North America know as the Elk (also known as Wapiti) (Cervus canadensis)  is closely related to the species that in the British Isles, Australia, and New Zealand is called the Red Deer (Cervus elaphus). I think that Red Deer have been introduced to Argentina, too. Our American Buffalo (Bison bison) is closely related to the slightly smaller European Wisent (Bison bonasus). And our Kodiak and Grizzly Bears are closely related to the Eurasian Brown Bear (Ursus arctos).
 
I wonder if any thought has been given to re-establishing some more wild populations of the Wisent (Bison bonasus) in Europe ?  I should think that there would be some large protected forested areas where they could be re-introduced into the wild. I think that there's already a wild population in the Bialowieza Forest in Poland. Also, I think that by selective breeding  using large, primitive domestic cattle, they've established a beast similar to the original Aurochs. And by using primitive domestic pony breeds, they've selectively bred a form of wild horse similar to the extinct Tarpan, the ancestor of domestic horses.  I think that these beasts have been re-established in the Bialowieza Forest also.


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Yes it seems that the main population of Wisent is in the Bialowieza Forest. This forest lies at the border between Poland and Belarus. It is said that around 800 Wisents live in the forest. Here live also the pony breed Konik. There are also wild boars (Sus scrofa) and Elk (Moose), among others.

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We have no wild Wisents left in Sweden but we have them in some of our zoos. Some years ago one of them (named Abili) ran away from a zoo in a little town. Thus, very early in the morning some early walkers could see this large animal roaming around in the streets. Soon enough police and zoo keepers came and tranquilized the animal and moved him back to the zoo. But I bet some of the strollers who saw the animal downtown must have believed they were dreaming.

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A really big lynx or a bear...
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Originally posted by Aster Thrax Eupator Aster Thrax Eupator wrote:

I don't really know about Britain - it would probably be some kind of deer or something


The largest wild land animal in the UK is the Red Deer (Cervus elaphus).

Apart from that there are some elephants in zoos...

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In my country you can occasionally catch one of these grazing the grounds before a football game.
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In mine, the largest animal is the huemul. Unfortunately, in danger of extinction
 
 
Or is the guanaco? Well, I am not sure, really
 
 
The largest carnivorous is the Chilean lion, that -if I am not wrong- it is the same species than the American lion
 
 
Among sea animals, the largest is the blue wale, that visit the Chiloe coasts
 
 
 
 
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Under 'Chilean lion' do you mean the puma? Which should be known in the States under the name cougar? Cause I've not really heard it being termed 'lion' before.
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Originally posted by rider rider wrote:

Under 'Chilean lion' do you mean the puma? Which should be known in the States under the name cougar? Cause I've not really heard it being termed 'lion' before.
 
In USA it has sometimes also been referred to as mountain lion. Its scientific name is Puma concolor.
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Here it's red deer, but occasionally some elk/moose swim across from sweden. They usually die after a while, though.
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Originally posted by rider rider wrote:

Under 'Chilean lion' do you mean the puma? Which should be known in the States under the name cougar? Cause I've not really heard it being termed 'lion' before.
 
Yes, it is the Puma. We call it here "lion" in here, but that's just a convention in the region. The natives called it "pangui".
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I think that d'be horse wich have a special place in our culture. We have a unique horse type aswell from Nagorno-Karabakh.


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Originally posted by Knights Knights wrote:

Originally posted by Carcharodon Carcharodon wrote:

Do you not have feral Dromedars in Australia too?


Yes, we do. At least 1 million of them, in fact. Here's a few categories that I'll take a stab at, for Aus:

Largest amphibious: Saltwater Crocodile
Largest domestic: Clydesdale horse, maybe?
Largest terrestrial (including feral/introduced): Asian Water Buffalo
Largest terrestrial (native): Probably go with Omar, Red Kangaroo

Overall it would be tight between the Water Buffalo and the Croc. Both can weigh well over a tonne, but is the croc what you are looking for as a 'land animal', and the Water Buffalo isn't exactly 'native'...
 
If you confine the list to our indigenous Land Animals, it would have to be the "Big Red" Kangaroo.
 
The Saltwater Crocodile would be the largest amphibious animal, and probably the largest overall.
 
The rest are introduced species.
 
Which raises a point-are Salties indigenous or were they introduced from, for example, Indonesia?
 
 
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