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Scientists Hope to Clone 50,000-Year-Old, Preserved Extinct Cave Lion Cub Found in Siberia

Scientists are excited to further study the pre-historic creature.

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The perfectly preserved remains of an extinct lion cub was recently found in permafrost on the bank of Tirekhtykh River of the Abyisky district of Yakutiaby in the Sakha Republic (Russia’s largest and coldest region). Local resident Boris Berezhnov discovered the the carcass of an “unrecognizable animal” after a fall in water level in the remote river.

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According to the scientists, the animal, measuring around 18 inches (46cm) in length and weighing almost 9lbs (4kg), was around one and a half to two months old when it died. Reasons for the death are still unknown. The animal was found with its head still resting gently on a paw. It is not clear yet whether the cub was male or female.

Experts say the remains were perfectly preserved, which is greatly helpful in studying the animal.

Dr. Albert Protopopov told The Siberian Times:

“It is a perfectly preserved lion cub. All the limbs have survived. There are no traces of external injuries on the skin.”

He also remarked that with the way the remains were preserved, cloning the creature could be possible.

The lion cub is estimated to be between 20,000 and 50,000 years old.

Further tests are being done on the animal. The scientists are hoping to discover its exact age and study how it may be cloned. Dr. Protopopov said significant results are expected after around three years of research on the extinct animal‘s frozen remains.

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This discovery comes two years after the same researchers found the remains of two newborn cave lion cubs in the same region.

The current find, however, is better preserved than the two.

Dr. Protopopov said:

“Everyone was amazed then and did not believe that such a thing is possible, and now, two years later, another cave lion has been found in the Abyiski district.”

The earlier pair, which were named Uyan and Dina, were said to be 12,000 years old, dating to around the time the species went extinct. Later research, however, proved them to be up to 55,000 years old.

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A prehistoric fish was found off shore in Portugal and scientists assume it survived millions of years ago.

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Even if the oceans are too wide, humans still get to see their ends with multiple high-tech water ships built for exploration. Going deep down under is what’s very difficult to do with the bottom of the seas still remain undiscovered.

Many sea creatures that lurk at the depths of the ocean are still unknown to us humans. But an interesting fish came to surface and scientists are studying what it is really like. The prehistoric shark is believed by scientists to exist since 80 million years ago was and it was discovered in the Algarve, Portugal.

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A sad reality goes with this award winning photo of a mob burning these mother and baby elephants.

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Animal cruelty is at a rife these days and it is appalling to see how the harmless creatures are being disturbed by some of our kind for no valid reason. A photo of an adult elephant and its calf being set on fire by a vicious mob, and behind its success in winning a top Asian wildlife photography award is the harsh reality that humans, who are supposed to preserve them, are taking methods to take them down.

The photo was taken by Biplab Hazra in the Bankura district of West Bengal. The photographer titled the image “Hell is Here” which literally describes how the human-elephant conflict in the area has escalated to a deadly battle between people and animals. People captured in the photo where hurling flaming balls of tar and crackers to two elephants that are trying to run away from the angry crowd.

A photo captured how an angry mob in India burned two elephants that were running in distress.

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Two Gay Lions Seen Passionately Cuddling and Mounting Each Other in Kenyan National Park

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Love is love indeed. A rarely seen romantic and sexual encounter between two male lions was recently observed at the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. The intimate moment was captured by wildlife photographer and guide for Exodus Travels, Paul Goldstein.

The two male lions were spotted heading to a secluded bush area on the Masai Mara. They were then seen cuddling, nuzzling, and mounting each other in a rare public display of affection.

This kind of close and romantic behavior between two male lions is very rare but not unheard of.

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