Still new to the game I did a lot of research and ended up developing a building strategy. I tame a beaver, a moose, and an armadillo and fill each to cap. I then park them in a semi circle like work trucks.
Pump atk, weight, and a bit of health and I don't touch the rest. While I have no doubt that this little bugger could make it out in the world that's why I have a rex and a spino.
Also while fastish on land they really gain speed in water. Not a super water tame, but if you need to cross a river or island hop they're better than swimming yourself.
Seems to harvest more wood per hit than a mammoth, but the mammoth has better weight reduction, so just get your hairy-elephant to follow your splinter-mouse. Now admire the open plain where a proud forest once stood and laugh uncomfortably.