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One of my favorite animals, inexpertly rendered by centuries of European artists. That one from the Netherlands looks like a high school mascot.

Happy World Elephant Day!

If you’re in the mood to learn about some other giant animals, check out Skunk Bear’s latest video.

Image sources: 

Title from “The Ashmole Bestiary” via the Bodleian Libraries; France, 950 from “De medicamentis ex animalibus” via Museum Meermanno; Spain, 1000 from a Madrid fresco via UC San Diego; England, 1200 from “Bestiaire of Guillaume le Clerc” via Trinity College Library; Netherlands, 1200 from “Der Naturen Bloeme” via Koninklijke Bibliotheek; England, 1230 from “Bestiary” via the British Library; Italy, 1440 from “Herbal” via the British Library;