42,000 years later, this baby woolly mammoth makes us cry with her sad tale. Lyuba, the world’s most complete mammoth, was following her mother across an ancient river bank in Siberia when she accidentally fell into a mud hole, burying her in sediment and choking her to death instantly. Much like our modern-day elephants, scientists believe her mother grieved for Lyuba’s untimely passing. She was only 35 days old at the time of the incident.
In May 2007, she was discovered by reindeer herder Yuri Khudi and his sons while looking for timber along the Yuribei River. The 33 inch tall, 51 inch long mammoth was so perfectly preserved, she still had remnants of her last meal: milk and pollen from plants.
In the photo above, she lies peacefully in a special case that will transport her from the Shermanovsky Museum in Salechard, Siberia to the Natural History Museum in London. There she will be on public display from 23 May to 7 September 2014.