|Time period :||Miocene epoch.|
|In the series|
|Brought back :||1 male|
|Appearances :||Saving the Sabretooth and |
Phorusrhacos is a genus of flightless, predatory bird which lived from the Miocene to the Pleistocence epoch in South America. It was the eighth animal rescued for the park. It was arguably the easiest animal that Nigel caught.
Phorusrhacos was a huge, lightly-built bird with a fearsome beak. A recent discovery in North America suggests that they also had claws on their wings, which is unusual, although it is not clear how these would have been used. Among the bones found in the stratum of the Santa Cruz Formation (now considered as mainly of mid-Miocene date) was the piece of a mandible which Florentino Ameghino (1887) at first described as that of an edentate mammal. In 1891, it was recognized to be a bird. Remains are known from several localities in the Santa Cruz Province, of Argentina. Phorusrhacos stood around 3 meters (10 ft) tall and weighed approximately 130 kilograms (280 lbs).
In this episode, Nigel traveled back 1,000,000 years ago to rescue a Terror Bird. After a pride of Saber-Tooth Cats abandon a Toxodon carcass, a Phorusrhacos appeared. He started feeding on the carcass. However, before it could actually eat the meat, it was then scared off by a lone male Smilodon. We observe first hand the change of an ecosystem. The mammals are out-competing the birds, and knocking them out of their niche. Nigel Marven quietly took part of the meat it dropped in order to get the Phorusrhacos through the time portal. The Phorusrhacos fell for it and it chased Nigel and the meat through the time portal. It was sent to the creature enclosure temporarily until Bob Arthur had set up its enclosure. It was able to settle in well.
The Phorusrhacos had got into the habit of having dust baths and in the process it tends to escape. When Bob was cleaning the Elasmotherium field, the Phorusrhacos once again escaped. Bob then had to call some staff to attempt the bird back into the cage with meat.Later, during the Mass Break-Out, a panicking titanosaur broke through the Phorusrhachos' enclosure. The Phorusrhacos itself ran away. When the break-out was over, it was returned to its enclosure. Bob also fitted underground poles to prevent the Phorusrhacos from escaping again.
- The kind in the series is most likely Phorusrhachos longissimus since lived in the same place as the one in the show. Titanis (a North American terror bird from the same time) is thought to be a Phorusrhachos longissimus but it is still unknown.
- Phorurhacos went extinct in the Miocene. Thus went extinct by the time the episode was set.
- Even though Nigel had brought back a Phorusrhacos, he used a drawing of a Titanis to compare his size.
- The Phorusrhacos lack the claws on their wings, unlike in Walking With Beasts, which has claws.
- In Supercroc, the Phorusrhacos is surprisingly tame and docile, especially towards the keepers. This is an error as, as a hyper carnivore, it would have almost certainly viewed them as prey and would have certainly been a lot more ferocious and aggressive.
- See also: Images of Phorusrhacos