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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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magusVroth 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
so  cool!! love it!!!
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YarnHoardingDragon Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much :iconiloveitplz:
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