(ORDO NEWS) — A Canadian miner who worked in the Klondike gold mines was lucky to find a real treasure – and not a nugget of “despicable metal”, but a whole mammoth mummy that had lain in the permafrost for almost 30 thousand years. The baby was named Nun-cho-ga, which in translation from the Indian language hen means “big cub”.
Although more than a dozen carcasses of the woolly mammoth ( Mammuthus primigenius ) preserved in permafrost have been found to date, almost all of them, from the famous Lena mammoth to Dima ‘s baby mammoth, have been found in Siberia.
Meanwhile, across the ocean, in North America, only Effi was known , of which only the head and left front leg were preserved.
But finally, in Canada, they found a perfectly preserved mammoth that had lain in the ground for almost 30 thousand years.
The little female was discovered by a team of miners on June 21, Indigenous Day , so it is not surprising that she was given a name in the language of the local Indians hen : she was called Nun-cho-ga, that is, “big cub.”
According to the official website of the government of the Yukon Territory , the little mammoth probably strayed from her mother and got stuck in the mud, after which she could not get out and died.
Despite the tragic circumstances, the death of Nun-cho-ga was a real gift for scientists: the carcass was perfectly preserved, right down to the hooves on the toes and the contents of the intestines.
Judging by the size of the baby mammoth, he died at a very tender age, only about a month old.
It is curious that, as if fate itself allowed Nun-cho-ga to fall into the hands of people: first, a young miner accidentally stumbled upon the carcass of a mammoth while working on a front-end loader, and then geologists managed to arrive at the place and in just an hour remove the little mammoth from her mud grave before a thunderstorm broke out that could have buried Nu-cho-ga again under tons of earth.
Now scientists will study the baby. With its help, they will be able to learn more about the life and death of some of the most majestic animals that have ever roamed our planet.
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