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Big Trip mammoth Dima, or puncture Customs

June 5 2006

Director of Westphalia in the Archaeological Museum in Herne Barbara Ryushoff-Tal received from his colleagues in St. Petersburg permission to hire a baby mammoth named Dima - the only fully preserved in the world of the mammoth .

But check his Russian colleague handed her a sad injunction, it stated that Customs did not give permission for the export of Dima, until the conclusion of the veterinarian that the baby mammoth, whose age is 35,000 years old, really dead and can not be a peddler dangerous infections. This document must be stamped by the Ministry of Agriculture, where the time to process the request - for six weeks.

Dima was supposed to be the central exhibit of the largest so far during the exhibition, whose theme - climate change. The exhibition was opened last Tuesday in Herne and last year. "As climate affects life on Earth?" What is the impact on people around the world? " Answers to these questions visitors to the exhibition should find yourself - with more than 800 exhibits from 36 countries, game models and demonstration experiments.

Only through perseverance museum director and German diplomats Dima still was taken from Russia and will remain in Herne within four months. They managed to outsmart bureaucracy - with the help of temporary detention and the promise that the death of a mummy to confirm a German veterinarian upon arrival.

Vigilance of the Russian Customs costly compatriots. Mammoth missed the flight, paid host. Additional costs - a few thousand euros - according to the contract must pay the Zoological Museum , the website reported

As you know, baby mammoth was found by the excavator driver in 1977 in Siberia, Magadan, canned permafrost. It became a worldwide sensation. Scientists theorize that the baby mammoth's hurt his leg and was suffering from parasites. He fell into a pit filled with mud, and the mother was unable to rescue his seven-month baby.

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