Meet Lyuba: the newest addition to the Royal BC Museum’s exhibit, Mammoths: Giants of the Ice. Lyuba’s only a month or two old, but she’s the best-preserved mammoth sample the world has access to so far.
The fossil may be young–well, as young as a 40,000-year-old preserved wooly mammoth can be– but she’s been travelling the world from museum to museum for the last few years. The Shemonovskiy Museum in Serbia has been loaning the baby mammoth out since 2010. According to the CBC, a Siberian reindeer herder named Yuri Khudi originally found Lyuba in the Yamal Peninsula in 2007. Khudi then named the fossil after his wife (and this is where you shed a tear because of how romantic that was).
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A fake replica of the baby mammoth is already available in Toronto, Ont., but this is the first time a real baby mammoth will “step foot” on Canadian soil. We’re sure seeing the real thing in person is an irreplaceable experience. Although you can’t interact with her, you can lay your eyes on a real wooly mammoth that walked, breathed and ate instead of the fake ones you’re used to seeing and hearing about.
Chris McGarrity, one of the men responsible for getting Lyuba to Victoria, B.C., explained to the CBC that the exhibit “changes some misconceptions about what these animals were and how they lived, when they lived, where they lived, [and] their evolutionary relationships.”
You can see cute little Lyuba for the first time ever (along with a dire wolf skull for all you Game of Thrones fans) in Canada at the Royal BC Museum from July 3 until Dec. 31.