World's First Baby Woolly Rhino Discovered In Siberian Ice

Dustin Wicksell

The remains of a baby woolly rhino have been discovered by a hunter in the Siberian permafrost, marking the first time a juvenile of the species has been found. The extinct creature is so well preserved that it even retains its fleece.

The rhino was discovered in one of the largest and coldest regions of Russia, the Sakha Republic, which is also known as Yakutia, according to the Daily Mail. A local hunter, Alexander Banderov, stumbled upon the remains in a ravine last September, originally believing he had found a reindeer. It was only the woolly rhino's horns that made Banderov realize he had uncovered something quite different.

— josetron (@josetron) February 25, 2015

"There was only one case in the 21st century when we found a frozen carcass of a grown up woolly rhino in Yakutia. It was in 2007 in Kolyma. In the 20th century there were carcasses of woolly mammoths found in Verkhoyansky and Vilyuisky districts, but they were mummified and therefore not usable for studies."

— EGU (@EuroGeosciences) January 27, 2015

Some scientists assert that woolly rhinos may have been over-hunted by early man, much like woolly mammoths. Though reasons for their decline are not fully understood, woolly rhinos went extinct around 10,000 years ago.

[Image: Republic of Sakha Academy of Sciences via the Daily Mail]