It took five days for researchers to unearth the mammoth, which they say was in excellent condition. Scientists estimate it was 16 years old when it died, was about 6 1/2 feet tall, and was probably killed by Ice Age humans or another mammoth.
Scientists had to dig the creature out using pickaxes, shovels and an permafrost-melting “steamer”, then spent a week cleaning and thawing it.
Scientists named the mammoth Zhenya after its discoverer. It’s a great find for paleontologists, though a bit of a disappointment for Salinder’s dogs still drooling over the treasure-trove bones.