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Thursday, February 09, 2012

MAMMOTH IN SIBERIA (Many thanks to Dale Drinnon for pointing out this story)

This story on Dale Drinnon's 'Frontiers of Zoology'


Carl said...

This is almost certainly a brown bear carrying a fish, probably a salmon in its mouth.
The gait is completely wrong for an elephant/mammoth, even though its walking through water. The head is the wrong shape and the "trunk" not only attaches to it at the wrong place to be a mammoth, it looks to also be of a different texture and colour to the rest of the animal.

Cool footage though, but I would be very surprised and mildly embarrassed if this turned out to be anything other that a bear with a fish.

Carl said...

Unless of course this footage wasn't shot in Siberia/Russia at all and actually taken in say, America/Canada, then I would go for a grizzly bear with a salmon as an identity for this animal, which it actually does looks more like. Its a shame the footage isn't a little clearer, but then I suppose we wouldn't be mistaking it for a woolly mammoth at all would we!

Either way though I believe this animal is a bear.

Neil A said...

Maybe it's a big cat!!!!!!! If I filmed a mammoth I think I'd film it slightly longer and would be a touch more in focus!!

megadethmen said...

Its a bear with a fish in its mouth. i assume.

Richard Freeman said...

It is clearly a bear holding a salmon.If it were a mammoth we would see the tusks.

stormwalkernz said...

Regrettably I think this is either another case of deliberate subterfuge or a severe case of miss identity. For a start, the colour of the trunk does not seem to match the rest of the animal, the ears are too high on the head for it to be a Mammoth.
The skull shape is definitely wrong and another dead giveaway is the absence of the fatty hump between the shoulders and also the low forehead.

Also as most people have focused on the animal itself, looking at the trees in the background they look more like deciduous forests rather then the conifer forest of the Siberian area.
A beautiful image of a bear catching a salmon which it had been properly marked would have been the pride of any National Geographic magazine.

stormwalkernz said...

A wonderful shot of a brown bear carrying a salmon. The colouration of the trunk and the animal do not match, the ears are too high on the head. There is no fatty hump on the shoulder blades characteristic of many species of Mammoth and the forehead of the animal is far too sloped.
Everybody has also been focusing on the animal itself, the surrounding area seems to dictate deciduous forest rather than the conifer forests that dominate the Siberian urea.
In my opinion if this photograph had been sent to the National Geographic of what it actually is this photographer that quite easily make some easy money.