History Main / MisplacedWildlife

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.
6th Aug '17 4:06:19 AM Spinosegnosaurus77
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Glaringly obvious in the case of monkeys, as the cutest monkeys, the ones with the round faces and prehensile tails, are exclusive to the New World. Old World monkeys have long, wrinkly, often brightly colored faces and bare, often colourful, butts with non-prehensile (most of the macaque family and the colobus family) or vestigial (the drill and mandrill) tails, so any film in Africa, India, Asia, or the Middle East featuring a cute little monkey hanging by its tail will annoy a naturalist like a [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare Shakespearean]] costume at Myth/KingArthur's court annoys an English historian.

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Glaringly obvious in the case of monkeys, as the cutest monkeys, the ones with the round faces and prehensile tails, are exclusive to the New World. Old World monkeys have long, wrinkly, often brightly colored faces and bare, often colourful, butts with non-prehensile (most of the macaque family macaques, baboons and the colobus family) colobus) or vestigial (the (some macaques, the drill and mandrill) tails, so any film in Africa, India, Asia, or the Middle East featuring a cute little monkey hanging by its tail will annoy a naturalist like a [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare Shakespearean]] costume at Myth/KingArthur's court annoys an English historian.
6th Aug '17 4:03:44 AM Snicka
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** In [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney's version]] (set in India), Monkey People look mostly correct, with the glaring exception of Louie the ''orangutan'' (native to Indonesia).

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** In [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney's version]] (set in India), Monkey People (probably meant to be macaques or langurs) have prehensile tails and flexible limbs like spider monkeys, but otherwise look mostly correct, with the glaring exception of Louie the ''orangutan'' (native to Indonesia).
26th Jul '17 1:41:00 PM ElSquibbonator
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* The WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures music video for the Creator/TheyMightBeGiants song "Istanbul, not Constantinople" messes up by having a Bactrian (two-humped) camel, when only dromedary (one-humped) camels live in the middle east.



** Another picture book based on this show was actually about Thomas and Stepney finding a ''TyrannosaurusRex'' skeleton on Sodor, despite that dinosaur being native to North America (they really should've either uncovered a ''Megalosaurus'' or a ''Baryonyx'', both of which are actually theropod dinosaurs that are native to England). Well at least the dinosaur skeleton the Narrow Gauge locomotives found in the show is actually that of a ''Dacentrurus'' (a large stegosaurid native to England).

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** Another picture book based on this show was actually about Thomas and Stepney finding a ''TyrannosaurusRex'' skeleton on Sodor, despite that dinosaur being native to North America (they really should've either uncovered a ''Megalosaurus'' or a ''Baryonyx'', both of which are actually theropod dinosaurs that are native to England). Well at least Note that this didn't happen in the TV show, where dinosaur skeleton the Narrow Gauge locomotives found in the show is actually looks like that of a ''Dacentrurus'' (a large stegosaurid native to England).



* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' had grizzly bears and alligators in Oregon.

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* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' had grizzly bears and alligators in Oregon.Oregon, though that's [[WeirdnessMagnet hardly the strangest thing to happen in the show]].
19th Jul '17 5:35:04 PM MagnusForce
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* ''WesternAnimation/AllHailKingJulien'' has Xixi the toucan, a species native to South America and not Madagascar. Odd, considering that previous incarnations of the franchise have averted this trope.



* A crocodile, nicknamed "Sifis" by the locals, lives since summer 2014 in Crete, Greece.

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* A crocodile, nicknamed "Sifis" by the locals, lives since lived in Crete, Greece from summer 2014 in Crete, Greece. until spring 2015 (he died after a particularly long winter).



* ''WesternAnimation/AllHailKingJulien'' has Xixi the toucan, a species native to South America and not Madagascar. Odd, considering that previous incarnations of the franchise have averted this trope.



** There are said to be populations of wild boar, another formerly native species, in the New Forest of Hampshire. These are descendents of escapees from farms rearing them as a luxury meat, from examples imported from France. Hunted to extinction for sport and food, it is thought that poachers are active in depleting the new population...

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** There are said to be populations of wild boar, another formerly native species, in the New Forest of Hampshire. These are descendents descendants of escapees from farms rearing them as a luxury meat, from examples imported from France. Hunted to extinction for sport and food, it is thought that poachers are active in depleting the new population...
2nd Jul '17 8:24:37 AM RaspyMink
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** [[http://www.brooklynparrots.com/ The Wild Parrots of Brooklyn.]]

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** [[http://www.brooklynparrots.com/ [[http://wildparrotsny.com/index/history.html The Wild Parrots of Brooklyn.]]



** The common parakeet, or budgy has been marching, proverbially, into the Netherlands driving out the native Sparrow (which as mention above is doing just fine in its non-native North American habitats).

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** The common parakeet, or budgy budgie has been marching, proverbially, into the Netherlands driving out the native Sparrow (which as mention above is doing just fine in its non-native North American habitats).
24th Jun '17 10:06:12 AM ElSquibbonator
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* In the children's song "Kookaburra", the kookaburra laughs and counts monkeys. The species of kookaburra known for its laugh-like cry is native only to Australia, which has no native monkeys.

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* In one version of the children's song "Kookaburra", the kookaburra laughs and counts monkeys."counts all the monkeys he can see". The species of kookaburra known for its laugh-like cry is native only to Australia, which has no native monkeys.
4th Jun '17 10:20:18 AM ElSquibbonator
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* ''Series/HumanTarget'': In "Salvage & Reclamation", set somewhere in the Andes, the GirlOfTheWeek threatens the team to cut their throats and leave their bodies "to the wolves". The only wolf in South America is the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maned_wolf maned wolf]], which lives in the plains south of the Amazon, not in the Andes.

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* ''Series/HumanTarget'': In "Salvage & Reclamation", set somewhere in the Andes, the GirlOfTheWeek threatens the team to cut their throats and leave their bodies "to the wolves". The only wolf in South America is the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maned_wolf maned wolf]], which lives in the plains south of the Amazon, not in the Andes. However, the culpeo, another large South American canid, is sometimes called the "Andean wolf"--this may be what they were referring to.
4th Jun '17 9:30:16 AM ElSquibbonator
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* ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' is set in France, but there are North American wildlife as trophies in Gaston's house.

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* ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' is set in France, but there are North American wildlife as trophies in Gaston's house. Of course, Gaston is [[EgomaniacHunter exactly the sort of person]] who would travel to another country for a hunting trip.



* ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' apparently featured a chameleon character living in what appears to be a medieval Northern European kingdom. There ''are'' chameleons in southern Europe, but it's unlikely they'd get up that far.

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* ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' apparently featured a chameleon character living in what appears to be a medieval Northern European kingdom. There ''are'' chameleons in southern Europe, but it's unlikely they'd get up that far.



* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' has an elderly Galapagos tortoise living in ancient China as one of the film's main characters, while the sequel featured evil [[ManiacMonkeys 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 [[ManiacMonkeys [[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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