|Time period :||Late Eocene Epoch|
|Primary diet :||Herbivore|
|In the programmes|
|Appearances :||Walking with Beasts (Whale Killer)|
|In the books|
Moeritherium was a prehistoric animal featured in Walking with Beasts.
FactsEditThe Moeritherium species were pig-like animals that lived about 37-35 MYA, and resembled modern tapirs or small hippos (they are not believed to be related to either of those animals, however). They were smaller than modern elephants, standing only 100 centimeters (3.3 ft) high at the shoulder and were about 3 meters (9.8 ft) long. They are believed to have wallowed in swamps and rivers, filling the ecological niche now filled by the hippopotamus. The shape of their teeth suggests that they ate soft water vegetation. It was related to elephants, as indicated by the primitive trunk it may have possessed. They were amphibious like Arsinoitherium was.
The shape of the skull suggests that Moeritherium actually did not have an elephant-like trunk, but rather a broad flexible upper lip like a tapir's for grasping aquatic vegetation. The second incisor teeth formed small tusks, although these would have looked more like the teeth of a hippo than a modern elephant.
As amphibious mammals, these creatures were too large to be bothered by the usual predators such as crocodiles or sharks. Water wasn't usually a dangerous place for these animals. They spent most of their days in the water.
In Walking with... SeriesEdit
Initially, Moeritherium were seen underwater, in the mangrove swamps (which, ironically, would become the Sahara desert in modern times), where they fed in the coastal mangrove swamps on sea grass. A female Basilosaurus attacked a solitary Moeritherium that was stranded on a sand bank, but the Moeritherium managed to escape all the same.