Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Fanged fawn

Yes, this is a real animal. The males use their fanged teeth during mating season to impress potential mates and fight off rivals. The Kashmir musk deer (EXAMPLE OF SIMILAR SPECIES ABOVE) had not been seen in Afghanistan since 1948. Their numbers have dwindled due to poaching (for their scent glands) and habitat loss. But this year, Wildlife Conservation Society researchers have managed to spot – but not to photograph – as many as 4 individuals. They observed a lone male on 3 different occasions, a female with a fawn, and a solitary female (though she may have been the same mother without her young). Not exactly a comeback, but at least they're not extinct.

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