Cave PaintingsLascaux , France, Artists Unknown
Upper Paleolithic Ice Age, 10,000 - 18,000 years before present
When Torgeir Berge’s dog, Tinni, struck up a friendship with a fox in a Norwegian forest, he saw an opportunity to educate people about the realities of the fur industry.Berge photographed the unlikely furry friends as they wrestled and played, and with the help of his friend Berit Helberg, he’s putting together a book about Tinni the dog and Sniffer the fox. “Sniffer and Tinni want our help to spread their message about fur and friendship, and the knowledge that the fox is only a dog of the forest with the same reactions and movements as the dogs we look at as man’s best friend,” Helberg writes on her website.The untitled book, which will be released next year, chronicles the adorable duo and aims to show readers “how similar foxes and dogs actually are.”A portion of the book’s sales will be donated to an organization that works to protect foxes and other animals that are killed for their fur. More than 75 million animals, including foxes, rabbits, mink, bobcats, foxes and even domestic cats and dogs, are killed each year for the fur trade, according to the Humane Society of the United States.For an up-to-date list of fur-free retailers, designers and brands, visit the HSUS website.
Known as the Irish Elk
Megaloceros was a genus of deer found throughout Eurasia from the late Pliocene through the Late Pleistocene [3 million to 8,000 years ago]. They were important herbivores during the Ice Ages. [ Wikipedia ]
The [so-called] Irish Elk was a species of Megaloceros and one of the largest deer that ever lived. Its range extended across Eurasia, from Ireland to east of Lake Baikal, during the Late Pleistocene. The latest known remains of the species have been carbon dated to about 7,700 years ago in Siberia.
Although most skeletons have been found in Irish bogs, the animal was not exclusively Irish.
It was also not closely related to either of the living species currently called elk (the European elk, known in North America as the moose, and the North American elk, or wapiti); for this reason, the name “Giant Deer” is used in some publications. [Wikipedia]
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Except for the print at the bottom, all images are from Wikipedia.
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Megaloceros with line of dots, from the 17,300-year-old cave art at Lascaux [France]. Read more about the paleolithic art at Lascaux …
Behold, the fossil elk [source of image - probably downloaded from an online library’s scanned set of 19th century illustrations]