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Truth About 'Woolly Mammoth' Sighting

AOL.COM - It's not exactly the boy who cried wolf - it might be more correct to call it the man who hollered woolly mammoth.

It appears that a story last week about a hairy, woolly mammoth seen walking across a Siberian river is a hoax.

In the opening frame of the blurry video that went viral, an animal is seen moving through the Kitoy River. Superimposed over the video are the words: Siberian Mammoth, Copyright Michael Cohen/Barcroft Media

That's where the controversy and accusations began to fly.

Paranormal writer Cohen has been criticized in the media for offering numerous videos he claimed were evidence of unexplained things like aliens, UFOs and now a woolly mammoth.

Based on Internet comments everywhere the story was posted, it doesn't look like many readers were surprised by the outcome. In fact, many were downright angry that Huffington Post and other legitimate media outlets gave any space to the story.

But one of those comments -- the most eye-opening one -- found its way over the weekend to the HuffPost story. Written by documentary filmmaker Lou Petho, it read:
"I'm the guy that filmed the river footage in the Sayan Mountains in the summer of 2011. ... I don't recall sighting a mammoth. ... I had no idea my footage was used to make this fake sighting, and question if a law was broken here." click here to read more

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