400-year-old mummified goat corpse discovered in icy grave by champion skier

The hairless, mummified remains of a 400-year-old goat has been uncovered by a champion Skier in the Alps.

The leathery horror was found entombed in Alpine ice centuries after it took its last breath.

Champion skier Hermann Oberlehrer was on a six hour hike when he made the grisly discovery.

He was miles from civilisation in Val Aurina, Italy, when he noticed something sticking out of the ice, Live Science reports.

In a statement, the champion skier said: “Only half of the animal's body was exposed from the snow.

“The skin looked like leather, completely hairless; I had never seen anything like it.

"I immediately took a photo and sent it to the park ranger, together we then notified the Department of Cultural Heritage."

The mummified goat is now being studied by scientists in a laboratory.

It will be studied by experts to improve conservation techniques, according to reports.

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The goat was protected by a glacier for 400-years and only revealed as the ice surrounding it melted away.

According to Eurac Research, the mummy is in a perfect condition for scientists to study.

The discovery site was only reachable by helicopter, according to reports, after the skier had hiked six hours to a remote spot.

The mummy was wrapped in an “inert material casing” made to measure for the corpse.

It has been taken to the Eurac Research centre where boffins will conduct tests.

Marco Samadelli, conservation expert at Eurac Research, said: “In the laboratory we will bring the chamois to those conditions and focus on their effects on DNA.

"With repeated in-depth analysis we will verify what alterations the DNA undergoes when external conditions change."

Albert Zink,director of the Institute for Mummy Studies at Eurac Research: “Our goal is to use scientific data to develop a globally valid conservation protocol for ice mummies.

"This is the first time an animal mummy has been used in this way.”

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