A 39,000-year-old frozen woolly mammoth was brought from Russia to Yokohama, south of Tokyo, on July 9, in order to be publicly displayed in an exhibition.
The female baby mammoth is believed to have been 10 years old when it died. The three-meter long animal, called Yuka, was found frozen in 2010 in Sakha Republic in Russia, the press reports.
The beast was brought to the port city of Yokohama as part of a public exhibition. It is the first time the public can see a mammoth body that is almost intact, as well as its fur.
However, Yuka’s organs are missing and the exhibition’s organizers are still debating if the organs were extracted by humans long ago or by modern man using modern tools.
Experts who discovered the creature were able to extract a blood sample, which in the future could lead to the possible cloning of the animal. Scientists have made several attempts to revive mammoths using cells of remains since 1990s, but none of them successful so far.
Scientists say, however, that ethical issues surrounding bringing extinct animals back to life must be considered because scientists are “on the brink” of doing so, according to the international media.
The exhibition lasts for three months, from July 13 to September 16, 2013.