Lyuba, the perfectly preserved baby mammoth discovered in 2007 by the Siberian reindeer herder Yuri Khudi and his sons, has been unveiled at the Natural History Museum in London.
Luba is the most complete woolly mammoth ever found. She is thought to have died 42,000 years ago and was only 85cm tall and 130cm long – the size of a large dog – when she died at one month old. Her body was buried in wet clay and mud and then froze, preserving it until it was discovered on the bank of the frozen Yuribei River on Russia's Yamal Peninsula in Siberia.
Following a month-long anticipation and a week-long travel in her specially designed crate, Lyuba has finally arrived at the Natural History Museum in London. As the lid of the crate was opened, Prof Adrian Lister, mammoth researcher at the Natural History Museum described it ‘an emotional experience to be face to face with a baby mammoth from the Ice Age'.
Lyuba is currently being installed in the Mammoths: Ice Age Giants exhibition, alongside models of her huge relatives.
Lyuba, normally on display at the Yamal-Nenets Regional Museum-Exhibition Complex, will be on show at the Natural History Museum from Friday 23 May until 7 September.
Mammoths: Ice Age Giants
23 May - 7 September 2014
Natural History Museum, London