Scientists Rediscover Vampire Deer in Vietnam

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A type of “vampire deer”, thought to have been hunted to extinction during the 1990s was photographed in the wild by the Global Wildlife Conservation. the deer, which is known locally as the Vietnamese “mouse-deer” is one of many types of deer which have fangs.

Example of another fanged deer, the Chinese Water Deer – Image By Momotarou2012 – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0

The last known sighting of the deer in the wild was in 1990, after a hunter brought scientists one that he killed so they could study it.

According to team leader of the expedition, An Nguyen:

We had no idea what to expect, so I was surprised and overjoyed when we checked the camera traps and saw photographs of a chevrotain with silver flanks.

For so long this species has seemingly only existed as part of our imagination.

Discovering that it is, indeed, still out there, is the first step in ensuring we don’t lose it again, and we’re moving quickly now to figure out how best to protect it.

An Nguyen – Associate Conservation Scientist with the GWC

The images show the peculiar nature of the exotic animal and why locals refer to it as a “mouse deer”.

Vietnamese Mouse Deer – Image Credit AFP
Vietnamese Mouse Deer – Image Credit AFP
Vietnamese Mouse Deer – Image Credit AFP

Source: Yahoo! News

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