What if Giant Irish Elk Deer were still roaming the earth today? Would they be kept in zoos or as pets?
Would they be hunted to extinction?
Can they be brought back?
- oikoσLv 72 months agoFavourite answer
Not exactly what you would want as a pet. Even a zoo would have difficulty maintaining them because of the insanely high demand for calcium. Those huge antlers would have to be regrown from scratch each year, which is a large reason for the elk's extinction. The question is moot, at least for the time being, as we lack the ability to bring them back.
- Anonymous2 months ago
This species evolved its large size because of the cold conditions of the last ice age. Large objects have small surface to area ratios and that allows it to conserve heat. If it had survived the end of the last ice age, when global temperatures shot up abrupty because of a small comet striking the earth, then it would need to evolve to be smaller just to stay alive, becauswe it can easily die of heat stroke in a warm climate. No it is not possible to bring one back because we need the ability to consruct its DNA into chromosomes and such technology does not yet exist. If it is still around, it may be protected but only if it is an endangered species.
- Elaine MLv 72 months ago
There's no functional DNA left on any of the bones or antlers, so no.