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OSLO, Norway, Nov 16, 2005 (UPI via COMTEX) -- A man who donated a wooly mammoth replica to the University of Oslo's Natural History Museum wants it back and may send it to Hamar, Norway, reports said.

Ola Nashoug is threatening to take back the gift, which he constructed based on wooly mammoth fossils found in Russia, because it has languished in the museum's basement and been shown only to school field trips, Aftenposten reported.

"I am not satisfied with this and want to take the gift back. It's regrettable, it belongs in Oslo," Nashoug told the student newspaper Universitas.

However, the museum's Hans Nakrem called the situation "quite odd" since the basement area has been renovated and a cave bear skeleton has been purchased to create a more complete ice age exhibit.


Copyright 2005 by United Press International

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