Check out this crazily well-preserved woolly rhino from Siberia

Jan 1st

You've heard of a woolly mammoth, but have you ever heard of a woolly rhino?

The young rhino was found on the banks of the Tirekhtyakh River this summer in Yakutia, a Siberian province of eastern Russia. Here's a cool, but also a bit gross, video showing how they used water to uncover the carcass from the mud and permafrost.

The rhino had its horn, teeth, fur, and many organs intact, which is an exceptionally rare find. Scientists who travelled to the area believe the rhino drowned and that it died sometime in the summer due to the condition of its fur coat.

Other animals such as lion cubs and a baby rhino named "Sasha" have been found in the same area in recent years.

"Sasha" the rhino

The woolly rhino grew to be about the same size as the white rhino, reaching 12 feet long, six feet high, and up to 6,000 pounds.

Check out this cool cave painting in France depicting the rhinos:

Credit: Claude Valette

I'm not sure if the fur made the rhino more cuddly or more terrifying, but either way, I wouldn't have wanted to tick one off in the wild!


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