Woolly Mammoths appear in all kinds of children’s movies and TV shows, from Ice Age to the 90s cartoon Cro. Which is probably why when four-year-old Maia Lappano from Guelph, Ont. found out they were extinct, she nearly broke down in tears.
You see, Lappano really wanted to meet a Woolly Mammoth. Sad and frustrated, she took her problem to her father, who told her that scientists are actually trying to bring the famed prehistoric animals back from the dead (yes, this is actually happening).
That’s when the four year old grabbed a pen and paper and sent a letter to the “sientists” at McMaster University–the same ones involved in the Woolly Mammoth project–demanding that she be allowed to meet one. She even decorated the envelope with some super fancy stickers:
“Please can you find a woolly mammoth egg and put it in an elephant?” she asked.
Just so the scientists wouldn’t be completely thrown off, Lappano’s father also included a typed note about his daughter’s request, for context and clarity:
Much to Lappano’s delight, the scientists actually responded. And while it’s unclear what they wrote, we imagine they had hopeful things to say about the fate of the woolly mammoth. After all, just look at that face: