Long overdue update here. Right after the Christmas holiday we started working in pairs of one animator and one CG artist to make a 5 second quadruped shot. We worked together on the initial design after which the CG artist tightened up any loose ends and took it into 3D. i had the pleasure of working with the very talented Frederik Storm.
The creature we ended up with is called the Royal Boose, a strange bird/moose hybrid. Here's the final shot, uploaded by Frederik: