History Main / MisplacedWildLife

3rd Nov '17 9:38:17 PM chasemaddigan
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** The ''Jungle Book 2'' has ocelots make a small appearance during a song. Ocelots live in South America. Same goes to the hippos considering how they live in Africa.

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** The ''Jungle Book 2'' ''Disney/TheJungleBook2'' has ocelots make a small appearance during a song. Ocelots live in South America. Same goes to the hippos considering how they live in Africa.
20th Oct '17 3:54:56 PM DaibhidC
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* Near the end of season 31 of ''Series/DoctorWho'' we see, among other things, that museums display penguins in the Egyptian desert. This demonstrates quite succinctly how reality is falling apart at the seams; at this point, there's little left of the universe but Earth, humanity, and some poorly-remembered stories about [[RetGone things that never existed]]. [[ShroudedInMyth And the Last Centurion]].

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* ''Series/DoctorWho''
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Near the end of season 31 of ''Series/DoctorWho'' 31 we see, among other things, that museums display penguins in the Egyptian desert. This demonstrates quite succinctly how reality is falling apart at the seams; at this point, there's little left of the universe but Earth, humanity, and some poorly-remembered stories about [[RetGone things that never existed]]. [[ShroudedInMyth And the Last Centurion]].Centurion]].
** In "The Girl Who Died", a Viking village keeps electric eels. ''Why'' they do so is almost as unanswerable a question as where they got them, but it does enable the Doctor to use them as a stun gun. Somewhere an Ichthyologist is Crying...
16th Oct '17 9:16:13 AM ElSquibbonator
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* Abu in [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney's]] ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', who looks like a New-World monkey in Arabia. There was mention in [[WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries the animated series]] that Abu was imported as part of a traveling circus before he was adopted by Aladdin, and his tiny vest and hat was an artifact of this past, though this may have been an AuthorsSavingThrow. And Iago the parrot seems to be a very small version of a Scarlet Macaw. We had to wait for the TV series to get an explanation: during a jaunt to the Amazon, Iago mentions he left the area a while back.

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* Abu in [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney's]] ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', who looks like a New-World monkey in Arabia. There was mention in [[WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries the animated series]] that Abu was imported as part of a traveling circus before he was adopted by Aladdin, and his tiny vest and hat was an artifact of this past, though this may have been an AuthorsSavingThrow. And Iago the parrot seems to be a very small version of a Scarlet Macaw. We had to wait for the TV series to get an explanation: during a jaunt to the Amazon, Iago mentions he left the area a while back. Surprisingly, Rajah the tiger is ''not'' an example, since there actually were tigers in the Middle East during the time the movie takes place.



* ''Disney/{{Dinosaur}}'' had ''Brachiosaurus'' interacting with Cretaceous-period dinosaurs, as well as ''lemurs'', which did not evolve until well after dinosaurs went extinct. Meanwhile the ''Carnotaurus'' that appeared was found only in South America, with relatives in Africa and southern Europe. Thus, this movie had Misplaced Wildlife ''and'' AnachronismStew simultaneously. The opening scene also featured a ''Koolasuchus'', which was a giant amphibian that ''only'' thrived in arctic regions (the South Pole, to be precise, on the exact opposite part of the planet). Even taking tectonic shift into account, those didn't belong there.

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* ''Disney/{{Dinosaur}}'' had ''Brachiosaurus'' interacting with Cretaceous-period dinosaurs, as well as ''lemurs'', which did not evolve until well after dinosaurs went extinct. Meanwhile the ''Carnotaurus'' that appeared was found only in South America, with relatives in Africa and southern Europe. Thus, this movie had Misplaced Wildlife ''and'' AnachronismStew simultaneously. The opening scene also featured a ''Koolasuchus'', which was a giant amphibian that ''only'' thrived in arctic polar regions (the South Pole, to be precise, on the exact opposite part of the planet). Even taking tectonic shift into account, those didn't belong there.
15th Oct '17 6:01:11 PM johnsmithxxi
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* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'': In "Indian Burial Ground", Miss Brooks reads a newspaper article about the lost burial ground of a Arapaho war party that used gold spears decorated with ''peacock'' feathers. This raises the question where an Indian tribe would have obtained a supply of peacock feathers in the 19th century United States.
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14th Oct '17 7:20:05 PM BattleMaster
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* ''Disney/MulanII'' featured [[BearsAreBadNews grizzly bears]] and several North American wildlife pestering the main characters during one of the songs from the film in what appears to be an Asian setting.

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* ''Disney/MulanII'' featured [[BearsAreBadNews grizzly bears]] and several North American wildlife pestering the main characters during one of the songs from the film in what appears to be an Asian setting. The brown bear's Asian range does ''barely'' extend into China, so it's not completely misplaced, but the movie is still set in the wrong part of China.
11th Oct '17 4:58:44 AM Spinosegnosaurus77
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Notorious in the case of elephants for scenes in DarkestAfrica, since the only trained elephants available tend to be Indian, not African.

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Notorious in the case of elephants for scenes in DarkestAfrica, since the only trained elephants available tend to be Indian, Asian, not African.
10th Oct '17 11:08:56 PM foxley
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfSuperman'': In "Night of the Octopod", the inactive Octopod is shocked back to life by an electric eel. At the base of ''Niagara Falls''.
10th Oct '17 9:19:08 AM Caps-luna
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* Many domestic species are like this: wild horses in the United States are descendants of animals brought over from Europe by Spanish explorers or that escaped from captivity. Likewise, feral populations of cats, dogs, goats, sheep, and pigs are now common in many places that they're not native to. Pigs in particular have proved so able to colonize new territory that they've become a serious ecological problem in places like California, Hawaii, Florida, and Australia.

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* Many domestic species are like this: wild horses in the United States are descendants of animals brought over from Europe by Spanish explorers or that escaped from captivity. Likewise, feral populations of cats, dogs, goats, sheep, and pigs are now common in many places that they're not native to. Pigs in particular have proved so able to colonize new territory that they've become a serious ecological problem in places like California, Hawaii, Florida, Texas, and Australia.
1st Sep '17 6:10:08 PM Theriocephalus
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Occasionally, a movie or TV show will attempt to justify Misplaced Wildlife by identifying an animal onscreen, such as that White-throated Sparrow, as [[LampshadeHanging something ''completely'' different]] - even if it's a species that looks nothing like the creature onscreen.

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Occasionally, a movie or TV show will attempt to justify Misplaced Wildlife by identifying an animal onscreen, such as that White-throated Sparrow, as [[LampshadeHanging something ''completely'' different]] - -- even if it's a species that looks nothing like the creature onscreen.



** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BjHK2Uczq7o Another Geico ad]] shows some children playing the game "Marco Polo" in a backyard pool with the historical Marco Polo. A llama stands by the pool watching the game for some reason ... presumably (since it's wearing a pack) because the commercial's writers didn't know that they're from the wrong continent for Polo to have ever used one on his travels.

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** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BjHK2Uczq7o Another Geico ad]] shows some children playing the game "Marco Polo" in a backyard pool with the historical Marco Polo. A llama stands by the pool watching the game for some reason ...reason... presumably (since it's wearing a pack) because the commercial's writers didn't know that they're from the wrong continent for Polo to have ever used one on his travels.



* Readers of Blog/TheComicsCurmudgeon study the ''ComicStrip/MarkTrail'' strip to pin down the location of his 'Lost Forest' homebase by the species of wildlife present - it's a geographical uncertainty like Springfield in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.

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* Readers of Blog/TheComicsCurmudgeon study the ''ComicStrip/MarkTrail'' strip to pin down the location of his 'Lost Forest' homebase by the species of wildlife present - -- it's a geographical uncertainty like Springfield in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.



* The ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' fic ''Fanfic/NatureStudies'' deals with some ''seriously'' misplaced wildlife. CMOT Dibbler's brainwave - to establish a safari park nearby to Ankh-Morpork - goes seriously wrong when the imported animals escape and colonise Hide Park. An Urban Safari ensues to round them up, led by an ActionGirl who, unlike Dibbler, knows all about [[DarkestAfrica Howondalandian]] fauna.

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* The ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' fic ''Fanfic/NatureStudies'' deals with some ''seriously'' misplaced wildlife. CMOT Dibbler's brainwave - -- to establish a safari park nearby to near Ankh-Morpork - -- goes seriously wrong when the imported animals escape and colonise Hide Park. An Urban Safari ensues to round them up, led by an ActionGirl who, unlike Dibbler, knows all about [[DarkestAfrica Howondalandian]] fauna.



* Pangar Ban, Brother Aiden's pet cat in ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfKells'', is recognizably a Turkish Angora-- telltale signs are the pure white coat, bushy tail, and mismatched eyes-- a breed that was not introduced to Europe until the Crusades, at least four hundred years after the completion of the Book of Kells.
* Disney's version of ''PeterPan'' skirts this trope. There are North American and African animals living on the same continent, and also presumably within a few miles of each other - and in their native habitats, too! They (partly) justify it by implying (during Peter and the kids' flight from London) that Neverland exists in a separate solar system and thus is a different planet (which makes the pirates and the Indians examples of FantasyCounterpartCulture). At least the crocodile doesn't stick out too badly, since crocodiles ''are'' found in the Caribbean, which is the kind of place you'd expect to encounter folks like Captain Hook and his crew.

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* Pangar Pangur Ban, Brother Aiden's pet cat in ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfKells'', is recognizably a Turkish Angora-- Angora -- telltale signs are the pure white coat, bushy tail, and mismatched eyes-- eyes -- a breed that was not introduced to Europe until the Crusades, at least four hundred years after the completion of the Book of Kells.
* Disney's version of ''PeterPan'' skirts this trope. There are North American and African animals living on the same continent, and also presumably within a few miles of each other - -- and in their native habitats, too! They (partly) justify it by implying (during Peter and the kids' flight from London) that Neverland exists in a separate solar system and thus is a different planet (which makes the pirates and the Indians examples of FantasyCounterpartCulture). At least the crocodile doesn't stick out too badly, since crocodiles ''are'' found in the Caribbean, which is the kind of place you'd expect to encounter folks like Captain Hook and his crew.



** Among the Bandar-log, the gibbons are presumed to be western hoolock gibbons, the only gibbon species native to India (the eastern hoolock gibbon might also be present in eastern Arunachal Pradesh). However, it is only found in the northeastern part of India, and does not share a range with the lion-tailed macaque, which is native to the ''southwestern'' part of India. Same goes for most of the other monkeys - the other macaque species represented appears to be a pig-tailed macaque, likely the northern pig-tailed macaque. There are also golden langurs and Nilgiri langurs. However, the northern pig-tailed macaque and golden langur are also found only in the northeastern states of India, and wouldn't have hung out with the lion-tailed macaques. The Nilgiri langur, like the lion-tailed macaque, is endemic to southwestern India. ''None of these species are found in the Seoni area''. Only the gray langurs fit biogeographically - they're probably meant to be southern plains gray langur, which is the species native to central India. It's really odd that they chose a number of more exotic-looking monkey species that while Indian, don't occur in this area at all, while omitting the rhesus macaque, which ''is'' found in central India.
** The wolves themselves look quite out of place - they have the fur coats of wolves from more temperate climates. Indian wolves [[http://nickgarbutt.photoshelter.com/gallery-image/India-Mammals/G0000BlMrU48ZgOQ/I0000B6in36egOFY/C0000Mb2fkw2Qi.o are much leaner and look quite different]] from the European and North American wolves moviegoers are more familiar with.

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** Among the Bandar-log, the gibbons are presumed to be western hoolock gibbons, the only gibbon species native to India (the eastern hoolock gibbon might also be present in eastern Arunachal Pradesh). However, it is only found in the northeastern part of India, and does not share a range with the lion-tailed macaque, which is native to the ''southwestern'' part of India. Same goes for most of the other monkeys - -- the other macaque species represented appears to be a pig-tailed macaque, likely the northern pig-tailed macaque. There are also golden langurs and Nilgiri langurs. However, the northern pig-tailed macaque and golden langur are also found only in the northeastern states of India, and wouldn't have hung out with the lion-tailed macaques. The Nilgiri langur, like the lion-tailed macaque, is endemic to southwestern India. ''None of these species are found in the Seoni area''. Only the gray langurs fit biogeographically - -- they're probably meant to be southern plains gray langur, which is the species native to central India. It's really odd that they chose a number of more exotic-looking monkey species that while Indian, don't occur in this area at all, while omitting the rhesus macaque, which ''is'' found in central India.
** The wolves themselves look quite out of place - -- they have the fur coats of wolves from more temperate climates. Indian wolves [[http://nickgarbutt.photoshelter.com/gallery-image/India-Mammals/G0000BlMrU48ZgOQ/I0000B6in36egOFY/C0000Mb2fkw2Qi.o are much leaner and look quite different]] from the European and North American wolves moviegoers are more familiar with.



** And then there's the fossils you can dig up. Most of the animals are the very least North American, but you can also uncover ''Archaeopteryx'' (European), ''Velociraptor'' (Asian), and ''Spinosaurus'' (African).

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** And then there's the fossils you can dig up. Most of the animals are the very least North American, but you can also uncover ''Archaeopteryx'' (European), (Southern Germany), ''Velociraptor'' (Asian), (Mongolia) and ''Spinosaurus'' (African).(North Africa).



* Kyrat from ''VideoGame/FarCry4'' is a lesser offender, with its location a bit more explicit (based on Nepal and set somewhere in the Himalayas) and almost all of its wildlife is indeed native to that area. There are a few mistakes, however: the "demon fish", for instance, is based on goliath tigerfish that are native to Africa (and thus would have fit right in to ''VideoGame/FarCry2'' if that game had any predatory wildlife). Mayalan tapirs, likewise, exist closer to Southeast Asia - interestingly, there was exactly one of them in ''Far Cry 3'' as a rare animal. Then there's the mugger crocodiles, which actually are native around that area, but are almost exclusive to lower altitudes than you'll usually find them in the game.

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* Kyrat from ''VideoGame/FarCry4'' is a lesser offender, with its location a bit more explicit (based on Nepal and set somewhere in the Himalayas) and almost all of its wildlife is indeed native to that area. There are a few mistakes, however: the "demon fish", for instance, is based on goliath tigerfish that are native to Africa (and thus would have fit right in to ''VideoGame/FarCry2'' if that game had any predatory wildlife). Mayalan tapirs, likewise, exist closer to Southeast Asia - -- interestingly, there was exactly one of them in ''Far Cry 3'' as a rare animal. Then there's the mugger crocodiles, which actually are native around that area, but are almost exclusive to lower altitudes than you'll usually find them in the game.



* ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'' has a variety of wildlife roaming the overworld which can be fed to gain "Praise" for Amaterasu. For the most part, the fauna is quite accurately Japanese (despite the raccoon dogs/tanuki erroneously being translated as "raccoons" in the English release) - however, later on, tigers (native only to mainland Asia, having never once been present naturally on Japan) join the selection of wildlife. Perhaps justified in that tigers featured frequently in historical Japanese art and folktales, which often borrowed a lot from Chinese culture and art.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'' has a variety of wildlife roaming the overworld which can be fed to gain "Praise" for Amaterasu. For the most part, the fauna is quite accurately Japanese (despite the raccoon dogs/tanuki erroneously being translated as "raccoons" in the English release) - -- however, later on, tigers (native only to mainland Asia, having never once been present naturally on Japan) join the selection of wildlife. Perhaps justified in that tigers featured frequently in historical Japanese art and folktales, which often borrowed a lot from Chinese culture and art.



** Pigs, sheep, cows and chicken can be found in almost any biome.
** Squid can sometimes be found in small lakes.

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** Pigs, sheep, cows and chicken can be found in almost any biome.biome, from plains and forests to jungles, tundra and deserts.
** Squid can sometimes be found in small lakes.lakes and rivers.



* ''Jedi Knight'' (the sequel to ''Star Wars: DarkForces'') has a fantasy-based version of this - albeit one that's AllThereInTheManual. The monsters you (Kyle Katarn) have to avoid being killed and eaten by are found on two different planets/moons: Sulon (a habitable moon of Sullust) and Ruusan, which are located in the (regions of the galaxy) Trailing Sectors and The Slice, respectively. Of course, it's possible that Jerec and his minions transported them from one location to another; but given that mailocs (gigantic wasps) and drugons (huge, man-eating fish) are both extremely dangerous and/or unwieldy, relocating them must not have been easy. Furthermore, the game also has Kumumgah (more famously known as Tusken Raiders or Sand People) turning up on Sulon, when any casual ''StarWars'' fan could tell you that they are native to Tatooine. Of course, they ''are'' a (somewhat) intelligent species, but they're also nomadic herdsmen and warriors who wouldn't be likely to immigrate to another planet.

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* ''Jedi Knight'' (the sequel to ''Star Wars: DarkForces'') has a fantasy-based version of this - -- albeit one that's AllThereInTheManual. The monsters you (Kyle Katarn) have to avoid being killed and eaten by are found on two different planets/moons: Sulon (a habitable moon of Sullust) and Ruusan, which are located in the (regions of the galaxy) Trailing Sectors and The Slice, respectively. Of course, it's possible that Jerec and his minions transported them from one location to another; but given that mailocs (gigantic wasps) and drugons (huge, man-eating fish) are both extremely dangerous and/or unwieldy, relocating them must not have been easy. Furthermore, the game also has Kumumgah (more famously known as Tusken Raiders or Sand People) turning up on Sulon, when any casual ''StarWars'' fan could tell you that they are native to Tatooine. Of course, they ''are'' a (somewhat) intelligent species, but they're also nomadic herdsmen and warriors who wouldn't be likely to immigrate to another planet.
26th Aug '17 9:07:50 AM Lymantria
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* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' has an elderly Galapagos tortoise living in ancient China as one of the film's main characters, while the sequel featured evil [[KillerGorilla gorillas]] (native to Africa). The tortoise at least is justified, as his backstory has him being born in the Galapagos Islands and eventually traveling to China. In general, ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' greatly averts this trope. Especially in the [[Series/KungFuPandaLegendsOfAwesomeness tv show]], where the wildlife is ''so'' accurate that you [[SeldomSeenSpecies probably won't recognize some of it]]. In all fairness, the animals are highly anthropomorphized and live like humans. It's not unreasonable to suggest that, like humans, they moved around a lot, especially after acquiring new forms of transportation such as boats and carts.

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* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' has an elderly Galapagos tortoise living in ancient China as one of the film's main characters, while the sequel featured evil [[KillerGorilla gorillas]] (native to Africa). The tortoise at least is justified, as his backstory has him being born in the Galapagos Islands and eventually traveling to China. In general, ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' greatly averts this trope. Especially in the [[Series/KungFuPandaLegendsOfAwesomeness [[WesternAnimation/KungFuPandaLegendsOfAwesomeness tv show]], where the wildlife is ''so'' accurate that you [[SeldomSeenSpecies probably won't recognize some of it]]. In all fairness, the animals are highly anthropomorphized and live like humans. It's not unreasonable to suggest that, like humans, they moved around a lot, especially after acquiring new forms of transportation such as boats and carts.
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