Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Woolly Mammoth footage a Hoax!
The mammoth footage featured by The Sun UK turns out to be a CGI hoax. The footage is from Ludovic Petho, a videographer. He took it as part of a documentary and the original footage, which has been online for quite a while, shows no animal crossing the river.
To quote CBS news,
"Petho filmed the river scene during a 10-day solo hike in the mountains as part of a video project he's working on about his grandfather's escape from a Siberian POW camp in 1915 and his walk across Siberia to Budapest, Hungary. The footage may end up being used in a documentary film -- but there's one big difference between the video he shot and the woolly mammoth video.
"I don't recall seeing a mammoth; there were bears, deer, and sable," he said in an interview with Life's Little Mysteries. "But no woolly mammoths. I had no idea my footage was used to make this fake sighting." Petho noted that his original video had been available on YouTube since July 2011, depicting an exactly identical scene -- minus the faked woolly mammoth, of course."
Read the full report along with the original video embedded here:
While the Mammoth in the hoax footage did look too "intentionally" blurry to be really taken seriously, it did strike our imaginations and hopes to find a living animal thought extinct. I guess we have to wait until our scientists clone a Mammoth to see one in person.
Until Next Time,