Top 10 AMAZING ANIMALS Found FROZEN IN TIME
Turn up the heat ‘cuz we’re pulling some frozen discoveries straight from the Earth! Animals have been found all over, but most surprising may be in thick blocks of frozen water. Whether a relic from a frozen age or just the product of unfortunate circumstance, we’re thawing out the top ten animals found frozen on ice!
Over 39,000 years ago, a woolly mammoth met an unfortunate end when she got stuck in a swamp and perished. In May of 2013, that same specimen was uncovered, found frozen in Siberia in an ice tomb. The remarkable find was thought to be around 50 to 60 years old when she died and was said to be the best-preserved mammoth discovery. Within the frozen body, Russian researchers found traces of blood and muscle tissue, bringing up the prospect of the possibility of cloning the long-since-extinct woolly mammoth.
While digging into the frozen earth near the Indigirka River in Yakutia, a group of gold miners happened upon an unusual find – the legs and tail of a mummified, frozen pony jutting from the roof of their tunnel. The 1968 find was determined to be a Przewalski’s horse, a species of equine found mostly in modern-day Mongolia. Named the Selerikan pony, the discovery was thought to be between 35,000 and 39,000 years old and was found with a full gastrointestinal tract, indicating it died a quick death.
It’s always fascinating when a corpse shows enough detail to tell a prehistoric story. Take the 2009 Yuka mammoth, for example, discovered by Yukagir tribe members frozen in Yakutia. The approximately 10-year-old mammoth sported a series of carvings and tell-tale marks that indicate it was butchered by humans, but only after it had been attacked by lions, as indicated by bite marks and scratches on its hide and tail. The discovery may have indicated that ancient hunters used lions to track down and catch prey before claiming it as their own.
Yakutia Lion Cubs
In 2015, two perfectly preserved specimen of cave lion were found frozen in the Yakutia region of Russia. The cubs, which belong to Panthera spelaea, a species believed extinct for over 10,000 years, were the first of its kind ever to be found in such a complete state. Little is known about why the Panthera spelaea went extinct, though researchers had hoped that the frozen cubs would provide some insight by giving a better look at the lion’s diet and potential clues into the species’ vanishing
Kolyma Woolly Rhinoceros
Known to those that discovered her as Sasha, this baby woolly rhinoceros was uncovered in September of 2015 by two unsuspecting Siberian hunters. Sasha has the distinction of being the only calf and only one of very few woolly rhinos ever to be found. After being rescued from her permafrost grave, Sasha was found to have been partially eaten, though a leg, her torso, head, ear, eye, and two horns remained intact throughout the years. Researchers hoped that if Sasha still contained DNA, the mystery of which living rhino the woolly rhino is related to may be solved.
Located in the permafrost of Yakutia, Russia, this 9,300-year-old steppe bison was a miraculous find, having been the only complete specimen ever discovered. The bison, which belongs to a family that went extinct around the end of the Ice Age, was believed to have only been four-years-old at the time of its death and was found to have its heart, brain, blood vessels, and digestive system completely intact. With no signs of any struggle or injury, the bison was believed to have died of natural causes in its sleep.
Sometimes, Mother Nature’s the one responsible for encasing our favorite critters in blocks of ice. On some occasions, unfortunately, it’s the cruelty of man. In January of 2011, a resident of Dawson, British Columbia found a black dog frozen to death on his front lawn. Judging by the shape of the ice block surrounding the pooch, Marcie Moriarty, a spokeswoman for the British Columbia animal protection society, believed that the animal was frozen inside of a large bin. Whether done posthumously or while the dog still lived, however, was unknown at the time.
Fox of Germany
The tragic tale of this German fox may not have been a glorious one, but at least it gets to spend its frigid days before it thaws in front of Franz Stehle’s family hotel. Right? While strolling along the Danube River in January of 2017, the hunter happened upon the ice block, which had inside a perfectly preserved fox. According to Stehle, he believes the fox drowned before being frozen in its icy tomb.
Fighting Moose of Alaska
Locked in an eternal battle, the two moose uncovered in 2016 in a remote Alaskan village were a unique discovery, to say the least. Thought to have been fighting over a female moose when one of the moose was fatally wounded, it’s likely that the surviving moose was weighed down until its own death. Then again, we’d love to picture the two moose engaged in a battle to the death when a hefty snowfall froze them in their epic struggle. … Yeah, that sounds a lot cooler.
In 2003, team members of the University of Copenhagen were digging about in the Canadian Yukon Territory when they happened upon a horse dated around 700,000-years-old. Preserved in the ancient permafrost near the Canadian / Alaskan border, the frozen Equus provided the research team with DNA and genetic coding, which helped determine that the genus lived as long as over 4 million years ago. Using the genome of a 43,000-year-old horse, modern domestic horses, and the Przewalski’s horse, the team was able to better understand the Yukon discovery.