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Two lion cubs, named Uyan and Dina, have just been discovered in a well-preserved state. Their discovery in Yakutia, Serbia or the Sakha Republic will hopefully offer the scientific community and the public with a better understanding of the early predators on Earth and why the cats became extinct despite their formidable strength.
Their bodies are still so intact that people can still see their whiskers. They are as big as the biggest domestic cats one could have. According to Dr. Albert Protopopov from the Yakutian Academy of Sciences, the discovery is incredibly sensational.
According to Dr. Protopopov, the lion cubs probably died in a landslide. Their bodies are still complete with ears, fur, whiskers, and soft tissue.
Uyan and Dina were found about 650 miles or 1,050 kilometers northeast of the Sakha Republic, also called Yakutsk in Yakutia, Siberia, which is as big as the whole country of India.
Because of the fast-paced increase in temperature during the summer that led to a decrease in the Uyandina River's level, cracks developed and allowed local Yakov Androsov to see the lion cubs through an ice lens.
The lion cubs' mother must have likely hidden them in a cave to prevent hungry lions from seeing the cubs. However, a landslide occurred and eventually trapped them in permafrost with air intake being blocked, preserving them for the years to come.
Next year, the researchers would likely go back to the Sakha Republic in Siberia to check if it's possible to find another possible cub, or even better, the lioness.
The discovery of Uyan and Dina should hopefully help researchers know why the cave lions that lived during the Middle and Late Pleistocene era extinct about 10,000 years ago, even if the cave lions had few predators, were not prone to get trapped in swamps, and were smaller than herbivores.