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200-Year-Old Giant Chinese Salamander Discovered Alive Outside Cave (VIDEO)

First Posted: Dec 17, 2015 09:28 AM EST
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Scientists have uncovered an ancient giant just outside a Chinese cave. They've found what appears to be a 200-year-old salamander that looks a bit like a monster from a horror movie.

Chinese giant salamanders can grow to be massive over time. In this case, the salamander was an impressive four and a half feet long, and weighed nearly 115 pounds.

The salamander was found after a fisherman stepped on the salamander. Shocked at how large the salamander was, he contacted local conservationists who then took the salamander to a nature preserve after determining that the animal was ill.

Wild giant salamanders usually just have lifespans of about half a century when raised in captivity. The oldest are usually around 80 years. So the fact that this particular salamander is estimated to be 200 years old should be taken with a grain of salt.

Giant salamanders are critically endangered due to habitat loss and overhunting. In fact, it's estimated that there are fewer than 50,000 Chinese giant salamanders remaining in the wild.

Want to see the salamander for yourself? Check out the video below, courtesy of YouTube.

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