SIBERIA – A wooly mammoth has been spotted roaming the tundra of Siberia!
The beast was spotted trudging acrosst icy waters in a sighting that proves woolly mammoths are not extinct after all.
The animal – thought to have mostly died out roughly 4,000 years ago – was apparently filmed wading through a river in the freezing wilds of Siberia.
The jaw-dropping sighting was confirmed by multiple witnesses, including a government-employed engineer last summer in the Chukotka Autonomous Okrug region of Siberia.
The elephant-sized creature struggled against the racing water, then headed for the witnesses, who ran fast – and far. But not before snatching some hair samples along the mammoths’s route.
Its hair matches samples recovered from mammoth remains regularly dug up from the permafrost in frozen Russia.
The witnesses were reportedly in the area surveying for a planned road.
Biologist Sandra Jangigian said: “Rumours of a handful of mammoths still kicking around in the vast wilderness of Siberia have been circulating for decades and occasionally sightings by locals have occurred. But this is a significant sighting that has been confirmed by mulitple sources.”
“Siberia is an enormous territory and much of it remains completely unexplored and untouched by humans. ”
Woolly mammoths roamed the Earth 10,000 years ago during the last Ice Age.
A small pocket remained on and around Wrangel Island, off the coast of Siberia, and these did not die out until 3,500 years ago.
Ms. Jangigian added: “It is highly possible that a number of species, extinct elsewhere, survive in the area.
“If surviving woolly mammoths were found in Siberia, it could run against Russia’s plans to further develop and exploit the area’s considerable resources.
“It would be potentially one of the greatest discoveries ever.”
This may be one of the greatest discoveries of all time.