Whitehorse — The Yukon Territory government states that a mammoth baby mammoth was found in the gold mining area of Klondike.
The animals found within the traditional territory Trי¼ondek Hwechי¼ earlier this week are said to be the most complete and best-preserved mammoths ever found in North America.
The territory says a miner working on Eureka Creek found an animal while excavating a permafrost layer, and early inspection suggests that it is a woman.
The Yukon Geological Survey and the University of Calgary geologists who recovered the mammoths suggest that the mammoth died and froze during the ice age more than 30,000 years ago.
The elders of Trי¼ondek Hwechי¼in named the mammoth calf a nun, meaning "baby big animal".
Ice age paleontologist Grant Zazura says that "face-to-face with a real mammoth" is his lifelong dream and he is excited to learn more about animals.
This report by Canadian Press was first published on June 24, 2022.