GIANT IRISH DEER



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The Giant Irish Deer (Megaloceros) was the largest deer that ever lived. It flourished in Europe during and after the last great ice age, and died out just 8-10,000 years ago. The remains of this animal are particularly common in Ireland, usually at the base of raised bogs. This male skull and antlers at the Botanic Gardens was found in County Wicklow in about 1860 and once hung in the house at Kilmacurragh, the residence of the Acton family, who had a long association with the Botanic Gardens. Today Kilmacurragh arboretum is managed by the Botanic Gardens.