Perfectly Preserved Woolly Mammoth Discovered in Siberia

By Melissa Knowles on

Scientists in search of ancient tusks made a startling discovery. They uncovered the nearly perfectly preserved remains of a woolly mammoth in northern Siberia. The juvenile mammoth is believed to be more than 10,000 years old, but was only 3 to 4 years old when it died. It is unlike any other mammoth that has been unearthed before.

The scientists reveal their discovery, which they named “Yuka,” in a BBC documentary. Yuka has strawberry blond hair, unlike the dark hair that other mammoths have been found to have. Plus, Yuka’s footpads are incredibly well preserved, but some of his bones are missing.

Scientists are trying to determine how Yuka died. They believe it’s possible that it could be due to human interaction with the animal. It’s plausible that ancient humans may have stolen the mammoth from lions. If their theory proves correct, this will be the first relatively complete mammoth to show evidence of human interaction.

Our next story has to do with another rare animal find, but this is more of the domestic variety.

A woman was reunited with her long-lost cat after he had been missing for more than 15 years. Poldi, as he is affectionately known, was found in the woods behind a home in Munich.

At first, the teenager who found him thought he was a stray, but an ID tattoo behind his ear showed that he belonged to a family and had been missing since 1996.

The ginger tomcat was malnourished and missing his front teeth, but he was friendly and receptive to the strangers who cared for him for a few days. When they discovered his tattoo, they took him to an animal sanctuary to see if his name was in the database of missing animals. He was, as was his owner’s information.

When Poldi’s original owner was contacted, she was dumbfounded. She had long given up hope of finding Poldi. She says she thinks he originally ran away because he did not get along with her other furry feline.