Woolly Mammoth Caught on Video in Siberia?

02/13/2012

Check out this video showing a creature that looks surprisingly like a woolly mammoth crossing a river in Siberia.  The fact that woolly mammoths are extinct makes this video extremely odd.

The Sun reports:

"The jaw-dropping footage was caught by a government-employed engineer last summer in the Chukotka Autonomous Okrug region of Siberia, it is claimed.

He filmed the elephant-sized creature as it struggled against the racing water.

Its hair matches samples recovered from mammoth remains regularly dug up from the permafrost in frozen Russia."

What do you think?  Could a population of such large creatures go undiscovered?  Woolly mammoths were common during the last Ice Age over 10,000 years ago, although a population survived on Wrangel Island off of Sibera as recently as 3,500 years ago.

Could this be a real mammoth?  Have scientists secretly cloned one of these prehistoric behemoths?  Is it a modern elephant escaped from a zoo or circus?  A deliberate hoax?  Or something else?  What do you think?

UPDATE 2/14/12: Well it was too good to be true.  Turns out that this is a hoax.

PHOTO: A recreation of what a living woolly mammoth might have looked like.

Wooly-mammoth



David Mizejewski is a naturalist with the National Wildlife Federation. His goal is to inspire others to appreciate the wonders of nature. Meet David >
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