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Ein Freund bat mich ein Bild eines Wisents zu malen. Ich wusste zu der Zeit nicht viel über den europäischen Bison und unternahm einige Recherchen. Dabei stieß ich auf folgenden Artikel:

The European bison, also known as wisent or the European wood bison, is a Eurasian species of bison. It is one of two extant species of bison, alongside the American bison. Three subspecies existed in the recent past, but only one survives today. The species is, theoretically, descended from a hybrid, a cross between a female aurochs, the extinct wild ancestor of modern cattle, and a male Steppe bison; the possible hybrid is referred to informally as the Higgs bison. Alternatively, the Pleistocene woodland bison has been suggested as the ancestor to the species. European bison were hunted to extinction in the wild in the early 20th century, with the last wild animals of the B. b. bonasus subspecies being shot in the Białowieża Forest (on the Belarus-Poland border) in 1921, […]

Dieses Gemälde zeigt den letzten Wisent, 1921 im Białowieża Wald kurz nach dem Schuss. Blutig und Schwach. 

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