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Mini Woolly Mammoth by YarnHoardingDragon Mini Woolly Mammoth by YarnHoardingDragon
I made a tiny Woolly Mammoth (Mammuthus primigenius) for :iconnationalyarnographic:'s Project Extinction Contest. I choice the mammoth mostly due to the fact I own brown yarn and I had so many choices. I hope to make a dodo bird and possibly a ground sloth as well :D. I also choice my yarn because I'm am almost out of it and wanted to see if I could still make something with such little yarn. These little guy is only about 3 inches tall and about 5 inches long. (I'll have to update this later when I have time to measure it.) I used brown pipsqueak yarn, and lion brand wool ease, I think, and 9 mm safety eyes. I also actually brushed out the yarn out a bit on the body and the top of his head to give it a more "woolly" look :D. Enjoy!

A couple interesting things about the woolly mammoth is that it wasn't the largest Mammoth, which would be the Imperial Mammoth (Mammuthus sungari) weighed a supposed average of 10 tons with the highest supposed weight of 15 tons. While a Woolly Mammoth only weighed about 5-7 tons. Their tusks were a sexual selection and the ones with the longest and curviest. The longest recorded tusks were 15 feet long. You may also find it interesting to know that their ears, relatively to our common day elephant were rather small, this was due to the fact that smaller ears kept heat in. Larger ears help dispel heat, which help African and Asian Elephants stay cool.

Last but not least I have to add that the Woolly Mammoth is on the list of animals that we want to go through de-extinction. Which is bringing things that were once extinct back to life. And since we have plenty of well preserved D.N.A. material since the Mammoth died only about 4,000 years ago. :D So who knows possibly in a a few years your local zoo will have some recent un-extinct animals in their exhibits.

Here is a link to the picture I used as a reference while making my Mammoth [link]

And more information on the Mammoth [link] and [link]

More information on De-extinction [link]
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:iconmagusvroth:
magusVroth Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Student Artist
Aw, lookit dis cute lil fluff thing. I really like the way you made this work out, and how you utilized the same technique with the elephant. The beady eyes are just hitting a soft spot with me. Great job. :D
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YarnHoardingDragon Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks you so much :iconblushplz:. He came out brilliantly and probably wouldn't have come out so wonderfully if it wasn't for that yarn. Yes, the eyes somehow just work so well. It's weird using such small eyes when you're used to using 18mm+ sized eyes. Another present, and another probably my top favorite. 
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magusVroth Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Student Artist
Aw, very cute little facts. And easy to see how he could become a favorite of yours. :)
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YarnHoardingDragon Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's also one of the pictures that I feel captures it the best, like it's part of the scenery. I think someday I'll probably blow it up and hang it on my wall just because I'm oddly proud of this shot. (And it seems I have a pattern of making elephants for people...maybe I should make that my thing. Giving elephants to people I care about since elephants are quite meaningful species. Very emotional creatures.)
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magusVroth Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Student Artist
Heheh. If you would want to make elephant manufacturing a key to your craft, I say that'll only work to draw more people in to your fantastic work. :) Nothing says love like a big grey cuddle buddy with a large nose. :D
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YarnHoardingDragon Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
And for some reason the saleperson in me kinda thinks I could make an elephant be my logo, but just means I have to make a very simple design or commission someone to make it for me. And it is weird how often I meet people who love elephants. (Maybe I just think it's weird since I always associated elephants with my mother, also sloths for some reason.) But they are lovable dopes :D
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magusVroth Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Student Artist
Heheh. Well, sounds like elephants are becoming pretty personal to you. :) Could be a good move, just to see how things go with a slight change. If anything, elephants and sloths could be a tool to getting people to recognize your other work, then they'll definitely wanna get more from ya. :D

That's really sweet that you associate such gentle animals with your mom, makes them sound like they'd be very close to you. :)
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YarnHoardingDragon Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
They are oddly just being the creature of my friendship or at least more simply my caringness. And that's true, I could dedicate myself to at least get something recognizable. Just find it funny when I have such a rad name like yarnhoardingdragon and I don't really make dragons haha.

It's mostly because I always associate people with their favorite animals, and usually whenever I see an elephant in any form I instinctively think of my mother. I don't always think of my mother when I see sloths but it is a trailed thought. I just have a big soft for them anywhoo haha. 
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cosmiccrittercrafts Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
so  cool!! love it!!!
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YarnHoardingDragon Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much :iconiloveitplz:
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SadDaysCrochet Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Again with the amazing contest entry, great use of pipsqueak yarn, and wonderfully informative description! Color me thoroughly delighted.
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YarnHoardingDragon Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I swear if I didn't know you where in your early twenties I'd say you are about 40 or something :XD:. But thank you :3 I'm glad I made you delighted ^.^
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SadDaysCrochet Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hahaha- a lady in a store today told me I was an "old soul". I guess that settles it. I read too many books when I was little and now I talk like an old person!
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YarnHoardingDragon Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hahaha, I get told the same a lot as well :XD:. Although I didn't get my grammar from books, I'm just a bum when it comes to talking formally. :XD: But I guess I could argue that I sound like most people's grandmother's who didn't pass the fourth grade. :XD:
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SadDaysCrochet Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hahahaha! I don't even know when I'm being normal anymore... I was at a movie with some friends, and the person in front of me dropped her phone on the floor. I said "Excuse me, miss, you have dropped your telephonic device!" without even thinking about it. And everyone looked at me like I was an insane person... which I probably am. :crazy:
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YarnHoardingDragon Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
^.^ Just be yourself, there is really no point in being "normal". You may possibly be insane but it's cool as long as you don't start shooting people, life is swell :). Telephonic device, really? That's hilarious :D
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phoenics1 Featured By Owner May 12, 2013
Wow! What a great mammoth! I love him!
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YarnHoardingDragon Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww thank you ^.^ I'm glad you like him!
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phoenics1 Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
Yes! He is so cool! :)
I love mammoth since i was a child.
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YarnHoardingDragon Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww thank you :3 I was very fond of the saber tooth tigers when I was a child :XD:
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LittleNespa Featured By Owner May 12, 2013
very cute
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YarnHoardingDragon Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you ^.^
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Ceridwens-gallery Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
absolutely love it. good luck with the contest... this de-extinction thing is quite creepy actually. Jurassic park is not that far off... and what's the point in breeding mammoths when there is no place for them to live apart from zoos...
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YarnHoardingDragon Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much. I'm glad you love it :D

I don't think it will be anything like Jurassic Park. One, no dinosaurs will be cloned since simply their dna is so old that we can't use it. The only animal on the list that may cause any problems would be the saber-tooth tiger. On the subject of Mammoths, they probably can only live in cold environments like Antarctica, Russia, and Greenland...maybe upper Canada. But I am unsure if all of them would be re-introduced to the environment. They might have been talking more about the birds and possibly the Tasmanian tiger. But I'm not super informed, I've only read a couple articles. So I don't think you'll have to worry, I'm sure the scientists have this under wraps at the moment.
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Ceridwens-gallery Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
I still think they'd only do it to keep them in zoos and make alot of money with it. Breeding tasmanian tigers again would be a whole different business. They've only been extinct for half a century and alot smaller. They could really be reintroduced. That would be awsome.
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YarnHoardingDragon Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That most likely will be the case. Since Mammoths are rather huge and they might get hunted for their tusks by rogue villains.
On the subject of Tasmanian tigers, Australia has been trying to clone them for years now to re-populate them. Since from what I read, the Tasmanian tiger really weren't as violent as the settlers thought they were. Most of the livestock that was "killed" was stolen by criminals. There are more things I may talk about later since I hope to crochet a Tasmanian tiger as well ^.^ just :iconpickleweasel360: beat me to it haha. But I really can't wait to see a live one! I just know it will be a struggle for Tasmanian since they will have to make sure their dogs don't try to attack them and so forth.
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aphid777 Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is the cutest mammoth I've ever seen ._.
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YarnHoardingDragon Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww they thank you :3 He has the "sexiest" tusks I have ever seen :D
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aphid777 Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Totally haha :D
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YarnHoardingDragon Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
haha again thank XD
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Hinata-teh-Lefty Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Student Photographer
IT'S SO CUTE!!! >W<
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YarnHoardingDragon Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you :3 He's super fuzzy and warm :D
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xxtiffiee Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
HGNNNNNNN IT'S SO FREAKING CUTE~!!! :iconomgsocuteplz:
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YarnHoardingDragon Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconblushplz: Thank you :D I must agree ^w^
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xxtiffiee Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You're welcome~! :dance:
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The-F0X Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awww he's the most cutest cuddliest looking little guy ever!! >w< I hope that de-extinction works, i'd love to see one of these <33
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YarnHoardingDragon Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I would say he's one of the cutest mammoths I have ever seen :XD:, since they aren't ugly they just not what I think cute is until I made this little guy :XD:. I hope so too, I want to see ALL the animals again :D, I believe the hope if it works that they may re-introduce some of the animals to the wild :3
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The-F0X Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It would be amazing to see a tazzie tiger again :D in fact, any animal would be amazing to see again :"D
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YarnHoardingDragon Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Like the Cuban Macaw or maybe the Moa or even the Elephant Bird :3
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kateknitsalot Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awwwwww. Hes perfect!
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YarnHoardingDragon Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconohstopityouplz: Thank you :D
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kaelby Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
He looks perfect!! Nice write up as well :)
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YarnHoardingDragon Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww thank you :D that really does mean a lot from you. I still feel like I sound kinda ditsy but I also hate re-reading to check if it sounds like a normal person.
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adorablestejidos Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
:O awesome! :clap:
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YarnHoardingDragon Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Why thank you :la:
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adorablestejidos Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
hehe I joined that group. Niiiice :giggly:
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YarnHoardingDragon Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh yisss!!! You should defiantly try to get into the contest :D There really haven't been that many people and I want more people to join since it'd be mor fun that way :D
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adorablestejidos Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
I wrote that wrong xD I need more sleep and less crocheting. Sleep? who cares? I want to participate there xD
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YarnHoardingDragon Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sleep? Why sleep when you can crochet!!! :D Any idea what you might make?
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adorablestejidos Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
I could slept this morning, but I make a new thing... :P you can understand me lol
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