Mammoths (also called Woolly Mammoths, Mastodons or very rarely Mammothsauruses, Elephantasauruses or Elephants) are a species of trunked mammals which existed during the Stone Age featured in the franchise of The Flintstones and were quite possibly one its most important and recurring animals, alongside the Brontosaurus.
- 1 Background
- 2 Uses
- 3 Breeds & Relatives
- 4 Appearances
- 5 Gallery
Mammoths were large burly animals with a long trunk nose, big ears and a shaggy coat of fur, hence the name "Woolly Mammoth", although some had a little less shaggier fur than others. Most mammoths also sported two tusks of varying sizes. They also came in a wide assortment of colors, ranging from brown, gray, purple, red, blue, purple and even the rare green. Most mammoths were intelligent enough to speak either among themselves or to cavemen, while others were no smarter than any ordinary animal.
They were quite possibly the most useful animal of the Stone Age, having almost unlimited uses for cavemen in all things like work, daily life, transportation, for sustenance or even as pets, in fact the only thing they couldn't do was fly.
The most common use for mammoths were as water storage tanks, as they could store gallons upon gallons of water for daily use or emergencies.
One of the most regular uses a water storing mammoth saw was as a kitchen or bathroom sink for washing dishes and washing one's hands, probably the easiest job for any mammoth to do while also being the easiest kind of mammoth for the average cavefolk to run maintenance for. Mammoth sinks would normally stand outside the house while their heads would peak in through a window and hover over the basin. Mammoth Sinks also supplied water for dishwashers or even washing machines, such as the monkeysaurus models, although there were also mammoth model dishwashers.
Despite being used regularly as sinks, some episodes occasionally showcased regular plumbing where sinks instead had wooden faucets instead of mammoth trunks.
The other most regular use a mammoth saw was as a shower head, where its trunk would spray its owner with enough water to wash them down and maintain a clean and healthy appearance, at least by stone age standards. Many folks, especially Fred, would have difficulty with showering as mammoths had no control over the temperature of their water and sometimes would spray their owners too hard or ignore their order to turn off if they dozed off or were listening to the radio. As such, it was up to the caveman to keep the water hot and make sure the mammoth washed them down as soon as possible before the water quickly turns cold.
However, a monkeysaurus water heater, if purchased, could keep the mammoth shower's water nice and hot all day as long as nothing puts out the campfire it sets up. Fancy hotels though had access to 24/7 hot and cold running water, and this was made possible by storing their mammoth showers in an isolated room where one mammoth shower was kept frozen at all times while another mammoth was kept in a pool of boiling lava. Despite their regular use as showers, a few rare instances had mammoth showers replaced with man-made shower heads made of wood and bamboo.
Mammoths enjoyed regular use as water hoses that kept one's lawn nice and green and the flowers in bloom. However it required the hand of a caveman to keep the water pressure in control and make sure the yard didn't get flooded. Usually these were just mammoth sinks and mammoth showers serving multiple roles.
Mini-mammoths could be used as sprinklers which were placed on a small rotating stone disk that was kept spinning by a lizardsaurus motor which allowed for an automatic self-efficient sprinkler system that could manage itself unlike mammoth hoses. Barney once invented a mammoth sprinkler of his own.
In the The Flintstones - On the Rocks, it is shown that toilets and bidets are managed by mammoths, where they act as the central plumbing for these essential bathroom fixtures by using their trunks to flush and spray. Despite this, they are hardly ever seen anywhere near the devices, with only their trunks briefly popping up from below.
Mammoths are often used as water tanks by Stone Age fire departments, where they usually contain more than enough water to put out a building and can easily be refilled at a local fire hydrant. Fire Mammoths usually either ride in the rear of a stone age fire truck or act as a fire truck themselves while carrying a ladder on their side. Smaller Fire Mammoths also act as fire hydrants for quick responses. On some occasions though, Fire Mammoths were usually replaced with Fire Dinos or regular cavemobile fire trucks that carried man-made water tanks.
The secondary most common use for mammoths were as vacuum cleaners, a job usually reserved for mini-mammoths, although larger models did exist. Mammoth vacuums could easily suck up dirt or any other unwanted floor litter and store it away until filled. Dust and garbage was usually stored in the trunk while discarded food was eaten. Depending on the use, this job could either be bothersome or a dream job for mini-mammoths, especially for the lucky mammoth who became Fred Flintstone's vacuum cleaner, as cleaning up after his "crumbs" was like eating a full course meal. While mammoths were the most frequently used animal for the role of vacuums, other uncommon animal vacuum models existed, such as anteatersaurus vacuums. Folks from Rocksylvania though would instead use bizarre mammoth or tapirsaurus-like creatures with reptilian traits to serve as vacuums, and in The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas vacuums of this strange animal were also seen.
Much like some larger prehistoric animals, mammoths could function as cavemobiles, occasionally serving the role of trucks by carrying cargo on their back or transporting liquids or fuels in their bodies which was then unloaded via their trunk. However their most common use as a truck were as Fire Mammoths for Stone Age fire departments.
Mammoth buses were rare mammoth-bases vehicles that either functioned as buses themselves or acted as engines that pulled prehistoric buses along via reigns.
Much like brontosauruses and pterodactyls, mammoth meat had just as many uses in cooking, with mammoth ribs, mammoth pizza and mastodon burgers being quite popular (although not as popular as the bronto variants) but mastodon meatballs were always a prime choice. Their most valuable culinary use though was for their milk production, with homogenized mammoth milk being the most common milk product in Bedrock.
Breeds & Relatives
Although uncommon, Mammoths in The Flintstones were given their own various breeds and related species, with the most notable one being the tiny mammoth breeds used as vacuums.
A dwarf mammoth (also called a pygmy mammoth) was a small breed of mammoth no bigger than a poodlesaurus that was commonly used by cavemen and cavewomen as a vacuum cleaner, making them handy little appliances that could make housecleaning a breeze, although owners should always take care of their vacuum's sinuses to avoid clogging. They could also be kept as pets as seen with Wooly.
In the series Yabba-Dabba Dinosaurs, dwarf mammoths were called "woolly snoutasaurs" in the episode "Yabba-Dabba-Dabba Kamma-Kamma Chameleon" and Wicky claimed they were first discovered 50 years ago.
A micetodon was the smallest of all mastodons, being no bigger than a mouse, hence its name plus a mixture and hybrid of part mastodon and part mouse. It was incredibly cowardly and was hated by the cavegirl Sally, who hoped these creatures would one day go extinct.
A phantosaurus (also called a phantodon) was an intrusive breed of mammoth with a very long trunk that could stretch to great lengths. Its name came from the fact that it was like a phantom that could sneak into places undetected and steal food before anyone could notice, in particular having a very big sweet tusk for cola. The only way to keep food safe from a phantosaurus was by using a cuckoosaurus, whose loud cry could spook the phantosaurus and send it running for the hills.
A trunkodon (also called a trunkosaurus) was a grotesque and monstrous horned mastodon with a lanky body and two trunks on each end of its body. It was a nasty and aggressive critter that would even go after cave babies, such as Pebbles Flintstone. Luckily, they were no match against the likes of the Rocky Ranger and Bamm-Bamm Rubble.