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 footage was caught by a government-employed engineer last summer in the Chukotka Autonomous Okrug region of Siberia, it is claimed.
"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." Other animals rediscovered after previously being thought extinct include the coelacanth. The large fish was believed to have died out over 65million years ago, but a live specimen was found by fishermen off the coast of South Africa in 1938.
Originally posted by Flavian
reply to post by disconnected8
It may only be in the Sun but this is still worthy of a flag and a star in my mind. Thanks for posting this.
To me, it looks like a mammoth. But then it does also look like a bear with a fish in its mouth - if so, that would certainly explain why the engineer didn't get closer! That said, if it was a mammoth, i don't think i would have got closer either! How would you expect an animal to react that isn't used to modern man and has bloody enormous tusks?
Originally posted by SergeantTrammelant
I must admit I was stunned at first watch. Just goes to show how the mind can trick you. I expected a mammoth and I saw a mammoth.
However, on closer inspection, I found the behaviour of the 'trunk' quite strange. I then asked myself: What is the most plausible thing he could be filming in this evironment that resembles the thing on the blurry footage?
I came up with the idea of a bear fishing for salmon. I watched the video again expecting this, and I saw a bear with a large salmon in his mouth.
Originally posted by disconnected8
Im beginning to think its clever editing and that it is an elephant super imposed over that river.