They’re calling it the woolly mammoth find of the century. A Russian 11-year-old recently uncovered the best preserved woolly mammoth ever found. He saw the feet of the mammoth sticking out of the snow in Siberia, and led scientists to the remarkable find. The mammoth has been nicknamed Zhenya after the boy who found it.
The best-preserved woolly mammoths are found in Siberia, but, the creatures once roamed throughout North America and Europe. They could grow to over 4 meters tall (modern elephants generally max out at 3 meters) and weigh over 500 kilograms.
It’s thought that Zhenya the mammoth died about 30,000 years ago after an encounter with a human. The mammoth was a male aged about 15 to 16 years. The mammoth weighs well over a ton. It was brought to the nearby city of Dudinka and will later travel to both Moscow and St. Petersburg so that scientists can study it. Scientists say that this mammoth’s DNA is too far degraded for cloning, so, you will likely not see a mammoth in the zoo anytime soon.
While we wait for the opportunity to see live mammoths, you can still view the world’s only stuffed and mounted woolly mammoth when you visit Russia. It and one other preserved mammoth can be found in the Zoological Museum in St. Petersburg. Check out the museum for an enlightening and educational date with your favorite Russian lady.