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I doubt it still exists in the same form. Evolution tends to cause the species to evolve into a smaller body through time. Examples of these are tree sloths, bears, crocodiles/alligators, apes, and birds.
Ok been doing a little more research on this to try and give a more substanced argument.
So first things first we need to take a look at the minimum required number of individuals for a species to survive. Since we all know that without genetic diversity, inbreeding and ultimately extinction occurs.
After looking around the best I’ve come up with is that the MVP (minimum viable population) for many creatures is in the region of