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Canadian scientists discovered a large ball of haze in the Yukon, in northwestern Canada, a few years ago. After investigation, it turned out to be a 30,000-year-old Arctic ground squirrel. Researchers suspect that the creature would have died in its hibernation all those years ago.

Prospectors found the mysterious orb in 2018 in the city of Yukon in northwestern Canada. They took her to a nearby research center. A local vet examined the mysterious orb. In this way it was discovered that it was an arctic squirrel.

The chipmunk species is still found and common in Canada. “It’s completely unrecognizable until you see the legs and the little claws. Then you see a little tail and then the ears,” study leader and paleontologist Grant Zazulla told Canada’s CBC News.

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Similar fuzz balls have been found in that area before, but never. That’s why it took so long before researchers did anything with the ball. To the researchers’ surprise, after a thorough investigation, they found a skeleton inside the ball. After examination, the skeleton was also found to be in good condition. “It’s amazing to think that this little creature has been running around all over the Yukon Territory for thousands of years,” Zazula says.

The researchers named this 30,000-year-old animal “Hester,” after the place where it was found. Hester will soon be on display at a museum in the Yukon.

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