ByMichelle Siouty, writer at

Imagine wading through the waters of a cave in the southwest Chongqing district in China when you accidentally step on what you think is a rock.

But, it actually turns out to be a rare giant salamander, estimated to be around 200 years old.

This is exactly what happened to Wang Yong when he placed his foot down on something soft and slimy, and discovered it to be the 4-foot long creature. Though he might look rather fearsome, he is actually very docile.

Wang Yong immediately contacted wildlife experts who took hold of the ill salamander and transferred him to a nature preserve. Known as "wa wa yu" in China, this slimy critter is the largest amphibian in the world.

He could grow up to five feet long and could be used for traditional medicine, but due to the fact that this species is actually now an endangered species, the plans are to keep this sweet salamander away from harm.

Below is a list of world events this salamander has been alive for:

1. The World's First Photograph

In 1826, Joseph-Nicéphore Niepce takes the world's first photograph.

[Source: Info Please]

2. The World's First Motion Picture

In 1895, Thomas Edison's company Edison Studios released the world's first hand-tinted motion picture.

[Source: Open Culture]

3. WWII Begins

On September 18, 1931, World War II is kicked off when Japan invades Manchuria.

[Source: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum]

4. The World's First Man to Walk on the Moon

On July 20, 1969, the United States' Apollo 11 landed on the moon. Neil Armstrong was the first man to take a step onto the lunar surface.

[Source: Wikipedia]

5. J.K. Rowling Publishes Her First Harry Potter Book

In 1997, Rowling publishes Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (or rather, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, if you're English).

[Source: Wessets]

It is so incredible to really think about all the insane history that was occurring while "wa wa yu" was innocently chilling in the water leading the normal life of a salamander.

[Source: UNILAD]


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