A miner in Canada went looking for gold and found something even rarer – a mummified baby woolly mammoth.
A 30,000-year-old female mammoth was found frozen in the Klondike gold fields in the traditional Trondij Houchen region.
The little creature was named Nun cho ga, which means “big baby animal” in the Hän language, according to Yukon Government.
In the frightening-looking photos released by the scientists who helped restore Nun cho ga, her skin and hair are seen as still attached – meaning they’ve been almost perfectly preserved.
Nun cho ga died and was frozen in permafrost at least 30,000 years ago. While she was alive, she roamed Canada during the Ice Age.
Paleontologist Dr. Grant Zazola said: weather channel A small woolly mammoth was found with grass in its intestines.
Zazula believes the mammoth, which is just over four and a half feet long, likely died after getting stuck in the mud.
The paleontologist estimates that Non Chu Ja was probably about 30 to 35 days old when she died.
“As an Ice Age paleontologist, it has been my lifelong dream to come face to face with a real woolly mammoth,” Zazola said.
“That dream came true today. Nun cho ga is beautiful and one of the most Ice Age stuffed animals ever discovered in the world. I am excited to get to know her more.”
Zazula is not alone in the excitement, as other Yukon community members have been amazed at this remarkable discovery.
“There will be one thing that stands out in a person’s entire life, and I can guarantee you that is the one thing for me,” said Brian McCugan of Treadstone Mining.
Going forward, the Yukon government plans to work with the Trʼondëk Hwëchʼin community to preserve and study the stuffed creature.
“We look forward to collaborating with the Yukon government on the next steps in the process of moving forward with these remnants in a way that respects our traditions, culture and laws,” said Roberta Joseph, President of Trondek Hoshin.
“We are grateful to the sages who have been guiding us thus far and the name they have given.
“We are committed to treating Nun cho ga with respect as she has now chosen to reveal herself to all of us.”
This story originally appeared the sun It is reproduced here with permission.
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