The mammoth's name is Lyuba - and that's why we never let a Russian reindeer herder name anything important.
He Herder was chasing some of Rudolph's buddies when he discovered a perfectly preserved 40,000-year-old mammoth calf poking out of the permafrost.
Natalia Fyodorova, the find's expedition leader, expects this discovery to get a lot of attention, especially because the baby was found in the same region of Arctic Yamalo-Nenetsk as the last mammoth find four years ago. She said:
"If it is true what is said about how it is preserved, this will be another sensation of global significance."
For now, scientist are planning to send Lyuba to Salekhard so they can put her in a giant freezer. Go Science!
Giant woolly mammoths have been extinct since the Earth's last Ice Age 1.8 million to around 11,500 years ago.
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