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Khorobi

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"The khorobi is the last surviving amebelodontid, and outside of a population of dwarf asian elephants, the only proboscid of known Kaimere. They are quite small, around the size of a cow, and have thick skin and fur that helps defend them from megaraptoran attack. The Kentarim are the only Kaimerans who regularly encounter them, as a population is found on their island, but they can be found in the dense rainforests of the northern and western continents. They specialize in tough plants. Their trunk and tusks grasp food, and they use the honed outer edges of their lower incisors to slice off branches before processing with powerful molars. They can also use their incisors and tusks to dig up roots and tubers. They are solitary animals, doing their best to remain hidden in the dense underbrush of their woodland homes."
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LoveRobotsandCake's avatar

That is super original, nice job.

I hope you draw more unique animal designs like this

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Not often that you see proboscidean spec - good job here!

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IllustratedMenagerieProfessional Traditional Artist

Thanks! Not a ton of spec here. It's not radically different from Platybelodon and Amebelodon, the thicker skin and fur could even be included in the ancestor (I don't think integument is known). I figured something as specialized as Platybelodon usually aren't adaptable either doesn't change much over time because what they have works or goes extinct because it doesn't.

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Does it live in a fantasy world?

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IllustratedMenagerieProfessional Traditional Artist

It does! Kaimere, the setting of my fantasy short stories.

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Would this animal still be alive in the real world if it had really existed?

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IllustratedMenagerieProfessional Traditional Artist

It's based closely on the likes of Platybelodon and Amebelodon, both of which went extinct. It's a very specialized animal. Specialized animals are highly vulnerable to extinction. This one happens to live in a setting where its food source hasn't changed much since it arrived so hasn't died out, but they are quite rare since their range is limited.

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