In 2001, Jimmy Holloman set out to dig for his two young grandsons a fishing pond on family land near Whiteville. He found something unexpected--bones--not human or animal of today, but from a giant ground sloth. This animal roamed the state during the Pleistocene Ice Age (roughly between two million and 11,000 years ago). Further excavation was delayed because of lack of state funding, however in 2007 with new funding, the digging began again. By 2008, 146 fossil bones had been preserved and cataloged.