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It has been brought to my attention that other people may have watched slightly fewer David Attenborough (and other wildlife) documentaries**, in their formative years, and thus be a little hazy on the finer point of which large-antlered ruminant mammals are which. This post aims to remedy this deficiency.

Alces alces

Male and female.

This is the very big animal, the male of which has very big antlers, known in Europe as an elk, and in North America as a moose. Alleged to be shy and retiring, it is seldom seen except when crashing into cars, getting drunk on fermented apples, and engaging in threesomes in Swedish gardens.

Sometimes it is referred to as the European elk to avoid confusion with...

Cervus Canadensis

This is the considerably smaller (but still large) animal with big, but very different, antlers, again possessed only by the males, known in North America as an elk (and according to Wikipedia, the wapiti). It is sometimes called the North American elk to avoid confusion with alces alces. It was once believed to be a sub-species of the Eurasian deer...

Cervus elaphus

The red deer. This is the considerably smaller (but still large) animal that is in fact different species from Cervus Canadensis. Again, only the males have antlers.

Rangifer tarandus

This is the Latin name for the animal called the reindeer in Europe and Siberia and the caribou in North America. They do not customarily have red noses. Almost all migrate. Both females and males have antlers. Most European reindeer are semi-domesticated.

Oh yes, one more. This is a robin. This is an American robin.

*Thanks to [personal profile] biascut for the title.

**With accompanying books.

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Date: 2011-11-14 07:13 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ankaret
I can remember two lines of a poem I was made to learn at school which went 'Hippity hoppity, here comes the wapiti'. I have to say that that thing hippity-hoppiting would be a sight to see.

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Date: 2011-11-15 07:29 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] commodorified
1) you totally did this just to use that title, didn't you?

2) you inspired me. Well, ok, you made me free-associate.

3) "If that's the moose, laddie, I dinna want to hang aboot tae meet the rrrat!"
Edited (Now with the link that was the point :)) Date: 2011-11-15 07:31 am (UTC)

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Date: 2011-11-15 11:02 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] antisoppist
Oh yes, one more. This is a robin. This is an American robin.
Well that does explain things. I probably should have googled at the time but I think I lost the will to live.

I keep waiting for one of the Nordic English language publications to pick up on the Local Council Cuts School Taxi Service And Orders Children To Wear Bells To Keep Away Bears story from Finland's Ilta Sanomat so I could link you to it but no-one has so it is in Finnish (there is a picture of a bear though). My favourite bit is where a reindeer herder from Inari says bells don't stop bears eating his reindeer.

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Date: 2011-11-16 07:44 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] el_staplador
So now I know.

I hope I may say without misplaced patriotism that I think our robin is far prettier.

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