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Woolly Rhino
Elasmotherium New
Biological information
Time period : Pleistocene epoch
Lifestyle : Herbivore
In the series
Brought back : 1 male.
Appearances : A Mammoth Undertaking and
Supercroc

The woolly rhino is an extinct genus of animal indigenous to Eurasia during the Pleistocene epochs until it appears about 29,000 years ago.  It is famous for its large horn on its head. The woolly rhino was the fifth animal brought back to the park.

FactsEdit

The best known, E. sibiricum was the size of a giraffe and is thought to have borne a large, thick horn on its forehead which was used for defense, attracting mates, driving away competitors, sweeping snow from the grass in winter and digging for water and plant roots. Like all rhinos, and Indricotherium were herbivorous. Unlike any others, its high-crowned molars were ever-growing. Its legs were longer than those of other rhinos and were designed for galloping, giving it a zebra-like gait.

The known specimens of E. sibiricum reach up to 5.5 m in body length with shoulder heights over 2 m (6 ft 7 in) while E. caucasicum reaches at least 5.5 m in body length with an estimated mass of 6 tonnes based on isolated molars that significantly exceed those known from the Siberian species. Both species were among the largest in the family rhino family, comparable in size to the woolly mammoth and larger than the contemporary Hippopotamus. The feet were unguligrade, the front larger than the rear, with 4 digits at the front and 3 at the rear.[1]

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The woolly rhino is trying to break through the gate. (A Mammoth Undertaking)

In Prehistoric ParkEdit

A Mammoth UndertakingEdit

In this episode, Nigel traveled back 150,000 years ago to collect plant samples for Martha. Suddenly, a large female woolly rhino was seen investigating Nigel Marven's snowmobile.  Nigel saw him and kept still and quiet. At first, because of its horrible eyesight, the woolly rhino doesn't notice Nigel. However, the woolly rhino picked up Nigel's scent and came further.  Nigel backed off but was stopped by a bull woolly mammoth in musth.  The woolly rhino was picked up the bull Woolly Mammoth's scent, and he backed off. Nigel just managed to escape.

Later, Nigel went to retrieve his food bag, and noticed the woolly rhino was near it.  This is his one chance to rescue the woolly rhino from extinction. He used himself as bait and tempted to lure the woolly rhino to charge at him.  He got the woolly rhino through the time portal into the park.  Nigel told the staff at the park to close the gates to trap the woolly rhino which then tried to break down the gate with his horn. The large male woolly rhino was the park's newest creature. He was then kept in the creature enclosure until his new enclosure was created.  He was then moved there.  He was able to settle in peacefully. However, he would not be seen again until episode ten.

SupercrocEdit

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The woolly rhino charging at the flock of Galimimus roar from a Stegosaurus. (Supercroc)

The woolly rhino makes his next appearance in this episode. Being large animals, rhinos like the woolly rhino tend to get their enclosures the clean quicker than other animals. Head keeper Bob Arthur had the unfortunate job of keeping the woolly rhino's field free of dung. This was however interrupted as the park's Phorusrhacos had escaped.

During the Mass Break-Out, the woolly rhino was one of the animals that escaped. Bob tries to round up him and some of the Galimimus during the chaos. However, he got spooked by Big Al the Allosaurus, and charged through the park's flock of Galimimus.  When the break-out was not over, the woolly rhino was returned to his enclosure where he lives peacefully.

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Elasmotherium in it's home Elasmotherium Paddock

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elasmotherium

External linksEdit

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