Its tail is lopsided. Close up, it looks suspiciously like a small, and unremarkable, Asian elephant.
But scientists were on Tuesday hailing the sensational discovery of a perfectly preserved baby woolly mammoth, which died around 10,000 years ago, and was found in the frozen tundra of northern Russia.
Experts said the six-month-old female calf was a rare complete specimen. The animal's trunk and eyes are intact. It even has fur.
A reindeer herder, Yuri Khudi, stumbled across the carcass in May near the Yuribei river in Russia's Yamal-Nenents autonomous district, in a virtually inaccessible part of north-western Siberia.
Extinct woolly mammoths -- and giant tusks -- have turned up in Siberia for centuries. But it is unusual for a complete example to be recovered.
The last major find was in 1997 when a family in the neighboring Taymyr Peninsula came across a tusk attached to what turned out to be a 20,380-year-old mammoth carcass.
The latest 130cm tall, 50kg Siberian specimen appears to have died just as the species was heading for extinction during the last ice age.
It is being sent to Japan for further tests.
"The mammoth has no defects except that its tail was a bit off," Alexei Tikhonov, one of group of international experts who examined the mammoth last week in the Arctic town of Salekhard.
"In terms of its state of pre-servation, this is the world's most valuable discovery," he said.
Global warming has made it easier for woolly mammoth hunters to hack the animal out of Russia's thawing permafrost An entire mammoth industry has sprung up around the far eastern frontier town of Yakutsk.
Many examples are simply sold on the black market -- and can be seen in Russian souvenir shops, next to unhappy-looking stuffed brown bears.
Mammoths first appeared around 4.8 million years ago. Most of them died out 12,000 years ago at the end of the Pleistocene era.
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