The baby mammoth that stayed almost intact

He lived his short life 41,800 years ago in what is now Russia’s Siberia region. It is a splendidly preserved specimen. The animal was only 30 to 35 days old. It’s about the baby mammoth, which has remained almost intact to this day. How it happened?

The almost intact baby mammoth travels in a suitcase adapted for its body.
The almost intact baby mammoth travels in a suitcase adapted for its body.
Siberian find

She was baptized as Lyuba. Only his right ear and part of his tail are missing. These mammoths lived on earth for thousands of years. Their bodies, covered with tufts of hair, enabled them to live in the Ice Age. They disappeared about 4,000 years ago.

It was found on the Yamal Peninsula in northwest Siberia. A Nenet reindeer herder named Yuri Khudi found it. It was in the permafrost that the weather began to melt. But they didn’t touch him: it’s bad luck for the Nenets. They then reported their find to the director of the local museum. When the specialists arrived at the place to take it to the museum, they found that the animal was no longer there. Khudi’s cousin had taken the mammoth. He sold it to a shop in a nearby town where its owner had it on display in the window. The price he paid: two snowmobiles and food.

Something happened during the delivery of the baby animal. Dogs in the area attacked his remains. And so he lost his right ear and part of his tail. The police helped Khudi find the animal. Then they brought him to Shemanovsky de Salejard Museum. This Russian city has the peculiarity of being the only one found directly above the Arctic Circle.

The baby mammoth travels the world in exhibits.
The baby mammoth travels the world in exhibits.
The secret of the clay

Lyuba was the best preserved mammoth science found for a number of years. Another copy appeared by 2011, also in Siberia, which was baptized as a Yuka. This mammoth was also better preserved in the region Permafrost. It reached two years of life.

It is estimated that Lyuba may have suffocated while crossing the river or looking for water. There was residue of clay on his body, perhaps the cause of his fatal outcome. But, again, it was the same tone that helped keep the body like it was found more than 40,000 years later. His eyes, skin, and internal organs were intact.

In addition, there was breast milk in her stomach and feces in her intestines. The calf has a permanent home in the Shemanovsky Museum. Every now and then the baby mammoth, which has been kept almost intact, “travels” around the world in exhibitions.

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