Behold, the Irish elk:
Kneel before your king.
I hope you guys are ready for this cuz Megaloceros giganteus is gonna fuck your shit up. I mean, just look at their scientific name. I wish I had a picture of me standing in front of it for comparison, but you’ll have to do with an artist’s rendition of the deer version of The Hulk.
I made a post a while back introducing the mighty Irish elk as my choice for riding into battle, and frankly I don’t know why we’re all not riding around on giant deer charging people. It’s antler span is the length of its entire body and it is practically a battering ram. I mean, this thing gives moose a run for their money, and moose are pretty big and frightening.
It wasn’t found only in Ireland, so don’t let the name fool you. It was kinda found all over the place and covered Eurasia pretty extensively These guys were even featured in the famous cave paintings of Lascaux. The most recent specimen has been dated to just under 8,000 years ago and there are many examples of remains being found, especially in bogs. This particular specimen is on display at The Field Museum and was discovered in Ireland.
They’re awesome, and you should love them.