Does a Mammoth Crap in the Woods?

The latest cryptozoological sensation on teh intartubes. Is this video of a live woolly mammoth?

Mammoth, or just a bear carrying a fish in its mouth? Mr. Snuffleupagus perhaps? As with all anomalous videos, the questions that need to be asked are things like: what happened before and after the video? Did they follow it, or at least alert authorities who would be able to track it?

In short: fun video, but a lot more information and context needed from serious investigators before anyone should treat it seriously. In the meantime, here's a tabloid report.

(thanks for the heads-up Kapryan Kennedy)

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If it's a woolly mammoth, the trees would be from planet Endor and gigantic. The scale is way off, definitely a bear. I remember a lake monster video from a few years back, which conveniently ended before the cryptobeast was about to leave the water -- and reveal a moose. This video ends the same way, because as soon as the cryptobeast is on dry land, it'll be easy to identify. Selective editing. ;-)

Elsewhere on the intarweb, some people are saying this is Alaska, and Siberia is frozen tundra. Not really. The Chutotka region borders the Bering Strait, hence the similarity to the Alaskan landscape -- this photo gallery shows the video's location is most probably legit. I'm surprised Sarah Palin hasn't seen woolly mammoths!

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If she would have, her whole house would be covered in fur and ivory ;)

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It's a sad fact of life. Headlines will read, "Woolly Mammoth Discovered! ... by hunters who shot it dead."

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Dwarf mammoths existed on a Siberian island until about 1700 BC. A real pachyderm would keep it's trunk above the water to breath when crossing a river. There are no tusks or ears visible so I concur that is likely a bear with a fish.

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That's a good point about dwarfism, and Wrangel Island is off the northern coast of the Chutotka region. In 1993, scientists announced a discovery of pygmy mammoth teeth that prove they could have existed up until a few thousand years ago. Here's the original paper from the journal Nature:

Holocene dwarf mammoths from Wrangel Island in the Siberian Arctic.

It still looks like a bear to me though.

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Yep, still a bear with a fish.

I stretched the colours to bring out the colour difference between the "trunk" and the body...the bear is brown and the fish is blue / silver.

:D

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Rick MG wrote:

I'm surprised Sarah Palin hasn't seen woolly mammoths!

dammit beat me to it ;)

...I forgot how I got here but everyone seems to be heading off in that direction. I hope someone brought food. I have a feeling this is going to be a long journey................

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Bear with big fish. Print screen, then past and edit brightness and contrast. Play with levels and you'll see clearly it's a bear, can even make out its eye if levels are hit just right.

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Yep stretching the colours brings it out more

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Copyright Michael Cohen -- yep, Michael Cohen of AllNewsWeb, which is one Russian short of being Pravda news. Anything with this guy's name on it is suspect, as far as I'm concerned.

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Head seems kinda small for a mammoth, but also kinda big for a bear, in proportion to the rest of the body, but the "trunk" is clearly a fish. Really big fish, but a fish nevertheless. Don't think even pygmy mammoths ever ate fish, just grasses for them, so no doubt it's a big headed bear.

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.......it would be dead by now form the sheer fact that every vodka-fueled hunter in the nation would have thought they shot it ;)

...I forgot how I got here but everyone seems to be heading off in that direction. I hope someone brought food. I have a feeling this is going to be a long journey................

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Yep, Sarah Palin shot it from Alaska.

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I am a Tea Party reject. This website should not become politicized. I can find humor in a Sarah Palin joke, but enough is too much.
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SiberianSwordsman wrote:

I ask Greg to make this site politically free and just concentrate on Myth, Magic, and Mystery. Or fringe science, whichever.

I reserve the right for anyone to make any joke at any politician's expense. I don't like any of them, of any particular stripe, and they deserve everything they get. Modern politics is a joke, I'm certainly not going to deny commenters the right to treat it as such.

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Humor is fun especially at a politician's expense. The penny drops so to speak. I understand.

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........but I'm a wolf ;)

...I forgot how I got here but everyone seems to be heading off in that direction. I hope someone brought food. I have a feeling this is going to be a long journey................

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I didn't realize Sarah Palin was a political figure. I always thought she was a reality tv joke...

If this is creation, I feel misplaced.

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Our Swordsman (ooh, err) wants Grail to avoid politics? So much of what TDG is all about is intertwined with politics, not least hidden histories.

More importantly, there's something about the ease and fluidity of movement of the (definitely not) mammoth that doesn't seem right to me. It just doesn't look like something moving through *that* water.

Oh, and the lack of clean focus must be deliberate.

Video technology is really not my forte, but could this have been faked?

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A slightly out of focus video camera is a wondrous thing.

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And the water is swirling anti-clockwise, which it doesn't do in the northern hemisphere.

Well, this beast is smarter than the average bear. "Hey Boo Boo! Watch me use this fish and fool that stupid human over there into thinking I'm a mammoth. Teeheehee!""

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...It may have been of a bear that was purposely lead out of focus to make people "think" it was a mammoth. Don't get me wrong Russia is a big enough place to hide a new or even an old species. But the global temperatures are different now even in Siberia, I don't think a mammoth could survive.

That being said I still believe in Thylacines ;)

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