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10 Animals Found Frozen In Ice!


From creatures of the ice age, to actual humans
being found in ice, join me as I reveal to you 10 animals frozen in ice. 10. Invertebrates In Antarctica
Let’s start off this list with no a legendary animal found somewhere in the world. But rather, a look at a surprising find in
one of the most desolate places on Earth today: Antarctica. The reason Antarctica is one of the most desolate
places on Earth is because of its freezing cold temperature. One that is so cold that humans don’t live
there permanently, and only a few research stations exist on the ENTIRE continent. Sure, there is life there, but usually it’s
overtly seen like with Penguins. But then, scientists discovered quite shockingly
that there is a plentiful race of creatures living within the snowy mounds of the continent. Mainly, invertebrates. Or, creatures without a spine. And not just or two of these creatures, they
actually found about 67 different kinds of invertebrates living on the frozen tundra
of Antarctica. Yes, they’re small, tiny even, but they live
there, and it’s both fascinating and kind of weird how it all works out. If you’re curious about what exactly has been
found there, that would be the Nematode Worms, Mites, the Rotifer, the Tardigrade, and the
Springtail. All different, all unique, all live in Antarctica,
but there is a catch to this find that needs to be said… You see, because of the temperature of the
land, they aren’t exactly “living” all the time. If the temperature goes above freezing point,
they’ll start to move around and go about their days. Yet, when it drops, which is often, they’ll
hibernate for lack of a better term. They “moving” periods sometimes only last
an hour, if that! Whereas their “hibernation” can sometimes
last up to months! Now sure, they’re not technically “frozen”
in ice, but technically they are “frozen” in the natural sense, and they’re found within
the snows and ice caps of Antarctica itself. So yeah, it really counts. Plus, this opens up a whole new line of thinking
in regards to what lives on the continent. Could there be even more lifeforms buried
within the other snow and ice areas of the continent? What will it be if so? The research continues. 9. Wholly Rhinoceros
The ice was a very important period of the world’s history, and due to its extremely
cold temperatures, there were a lot of animals eventually frozen in ice and being period
under snow and other natural features. In the Siberian riverbank in Yakutia, a frozen
river was the home of a Woolly Rhinoceros, a creature that once existed over 10,000 years
ago. And for obvious reasons isn’t around today. Ironically enough, this creature was found
by a hunter named Sasha, and to honor the discovery that she made, they named the Wholly
Rhinoceros after her. Very touching. On the downer side of things though, research
discovered that Sasha (the rhino, not the hunter) was only 3-4 years old when she died,
and then got frozen in the river. Which sadly makes it a baby Woolly Rhinoceros
that was found frozen for many thousands of years. However, this is actually an incredibly rare
find. You see, though scientists have known for
years that the Woolly Rhinoceros once existed, they could never find a full baby one to do
research on. They’ve found partial remains in the past,
but never a complete specimen. So, that makes Sasha the Wholly Rhinoceros
the only complete baby Woolly Rhinoceros to have been found in the modern age. Making this find incredibly important to research
and beyond. Sasha was later donated to the Yakutian Academy
of Sciences in Russia. Just to be clear because I’m sure you’re thinking
of it, the Woolly Rhinoceros is NOT a relative of the Woolly Mammoth. They lived in similar areas and times, but
they’re not overtly connected. The name relates to both because of the massive
fur coats that they had in order to survive the cold. 8. Tumat Dog
You might think that all the animals found in the ice from long ago are massive creatures
that are almost fantastical in nature. But that’s not always the case. For example, one creature found in ice near
Russia was a 12,000 year old dog. Two brothers named Yuri and Igor Gorokhov
were out by the Syallakh River in Siberia on the hunt for Woolly Mammoth tusks. Which given what we know about frozen creatures
in Russia and Siberia is a safe money-making practice. Anyway, as they were doing their search they
soon came upon a dog frozen in the river banks. While it didn’t exactly look like a dog when
found, that was do to it being in the ground for 12,400 years. The scientists who are studying this canine
have named it the Tumat Dog, and they’ve been studying it for years. In 2015, a more in-depth study on the Tumat
dog was allowed, and it revealed that its organs were perfectly intact. Which often happens when certain creatures
are frozen perfectly, not unlike cryogenics Because of this, the Tumat dog is in fact
the most preserved ancient dog to have ever been found. There’s still a lot we can learn from it,
including how dogs used to live 12,000 years ago. Which may help paint more of a picture of
the ice age and beyond. Before we continue, why don’t you chill out
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you can see our weekly content! 7. The Tale Of Two Foxes
If not clear already, ice is dangerous, and even in modern times it’s easy to find yourself
falling into ice cold waters and freezing to death if you don’t get out quickly enough. You’d think I’d just be talking about humans,
but foxes (among other animals) are prone to this too. For example, a fox fell into a river in Germany,
drowned, and was then frozen in place for all to see. Eventually, a hunter came along and saw the
fox, and decided in 2017 to actually dig it out of the river, still in ice mind you, and
then put it on display at his hotel. No, for real, there are pictures and everything. There are so many things wrong with that sentence,
mainly that he would use a frozen animal as a display for his hotel. Granted, it definitely is a “unique” item
to have on display, but really? Come on man… An interesting thing that the hunter noted
though is that the fox wasn’t the only animal caught in the river. According to him, he’s seen deer and boar
also trapped in ice there. Again showing the dangers of the ice. Another man, this time in Sweden was ice skating
on a lake one time and after dancing around on the ice he too came upon a fox that was
frozen in the lake. The difference here though was that the fox
honestly looked like it was barely underneath the water when it froze. Even having an expression of sadness, kind
of like it knew it was dying. It’s believed that the fox was walking across
the ice, hit a thin patch, and the fell in. the temperature was likely so cold that the
top froze over it before it could get out. It’s sad, but it happens more than you would
think. 6. Extinct Lion Cubs
Let’s head back to the Ice Age, shall we? This time for some cats. in 2015, a pair of
extinct cave lion cubs was found under a frozen sheet of ice in the region of Yakutia in Russia. And not unlike the Woolly Rhinoceros that
we noted earlier on the list, these cubs were 10,000 years old as well. They were called Dina and Uyan, and they too
were very young when they died via being trapped in the ice. There is a twist on this though in that their
bodies weren’t just preserved by the ice, but by the cave they were in when they died. Scientists think that they were in a cave
den when a landslide occurred and trapped them there. Which is something that can happen even in
the modern day. Because of the seal via the landslide, no
air was let in or air. And without oxidation, the body is much slower
to wither, and the ice came later and kept them even more preserved. So thus, when they were found, they were almost
perfectly intact. A rare thing. Species wise, these cave lion cubs were part
of the Panthera spelaea (or European Cave lion) pack. These two are the only complete ones ever
found. As their fur and organs were all intact, allowing
for much more research into what these cave lions were like. This of course also raises the potential of
finding other extinct animals like this in caves that have been buried in snow. 5. Petrified Mammals
And now…back to Antarctica! But this time for an ancient animal, in this
case a mammal, that we don’t know much about. In 2009, the fossilized remains of a mammal
was discovered. It was about the size of a cat, yet was one
that laid eggs. Further study stated that this was an ancient
mammal that lived back around 250 million years ago. But just as interesting, this species is thought
to have moved to Antarctica after leaving Africa when an extinction-level event hit
the planet. The animal believed that Antarctica was the
“cooler” place to go temperature wise, and thus left South Africa for it. Nowadays, it’d be the opposite, but the world
wasn’t the same back then. Many feel that this find further proves that
Antarctica was once a tropical paradise before a “cold snap” occurred to turn it into the
tundra we have now. 4. Bison
Northern Siberia is where we’re off too next! Where a very interesting bison was found. Mainly, an ancestor to the bison we see living
around here today. This creature is known as a Bison priscus,
and it was found by a tribe of people in Siberia’s Yana-Indigirka Lowland. Not unlike the first two entries, the freezing
climate of the land was the reason this bison was allowed to remain in mostly one piece. And after 10,000 years of being in the ice,
its brain and internal organs were all preserved, which is an incredible feat that made many
very happy. One of the scientists who studied the remains
of this bison noted that because of how permafrost works, bodies likes this bison are usually
“eaten or destroyed”. Which makes this find, as well as the others,
all the more important. 3. Elk
Elk are something that exist in our world today, and are even hunted for sport (under
guidance and laws of course). But, because of their weight, they can find
themselves sinking into ice. One such Elk was found in 2014 near Bodo,
Norway. Many believe that the elk was trying to cross
the lake when the ice gave way. The elk was eventually found in Kosmo Lakr
in Valnesfjord by Inger Sjøberg, who was ice skating when he found the creature
Here’s the catch though, the elk didn’t sink all the way down. Part of its body and one of its antlers sticks
out through the ice. Perhaps it couldn’t stay down, or it floated
to the top before the ice could re-seal itself like it did for the foxes. Creepily enough, after Inger found the elk,
news about it spread around, and now kids come to this sight to see the frozen elk. Which is creepy and those kids should find
something better to do with their time. Just saying. 2. Fish
When it comes to creature that are “used” to the water and are likely to be frozen because
they reside in it often, fish would be on the top of that list, right? But that’s not the case. In fact, because of their time in the water,
they can tell when it gets warmer, and when it gets colder, and they leave the area when
the temperatures drop just so they don’t get frozen solid. Call it a byproduct of adaptation and evolution. But…that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen. For example, a bunch of carp and other fish
were found frozen one time in 2015 in Lake Andes National Wildlife Refuge. The fish had apparently died, and then were
frozen in the ice. And one time in Norway, a lake dropped in
temperature so fast that the fish couldn’t escape in time, and thus, they all died, frozen
into the water in such a way that it looks fake, but it’s not. It’s just nature showing that it knows how
to make fish…chill out. I’m sorry, I couldn’t resist. So as you can see, even the creatures that
live in water all the time aren’t immune to being frozen in it. 1. Otzi The Iceman
I teased it in the opener, and now here it is, a case of a person getting frozen in ice. In 1991, two German tourists were going along
the mountain pass on Hauslabjoch and Tisenjoch when they came across a frozen body. Given the height they were at, and the placement
of the body, the two believed it was the body of a hiker who had gotten trapped in the snow. Which is very plausible as hiking accidents
like this do happen somewhat often. But that was not the case as they examined
it further. For the body was old, and more importantly,
it was mummified. They had accidentally found Europe’s oldest
and naturally found mummy. Meaning that it wasn’t made by human hands. It was later named Otzi because of the mountain
in the Alps from which he was found. Naturally, because of the find itself, Otzi
is highly coveted by the scientific community. They’re looking over the mummy with a fine
tooth comb every chance they can get to learn even more about the person and about what
Otzi can tell us about those ancient times. Thanks for watching everyone! What did you think of these animals being
frozen in the ice? Did any of them surprise you with their appearance? Let me know in the comments below, be sure
to subscribe, and I’ll see you next time on the channel!

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