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‘Prehistoric’ Fanged Deer Found in Afganistan

A species of fanged deer that hasn’t been seen in 66 years was recently spotted by scientists in northeastern Afghanistan, according to a Wildlife Conservation news release published Friday, reports  The Huffington Post.

The Kashmir musk deer, which is one of seven similar species found throughout Asia, is endangered due to habitat loss and also because of poachers hunting the animal for its prized scent glands. No members of the species had been seen in Afghanistan by scientists since 1948.

Only the male musk deer have fangs, which they use during breeding season to battle for mates, according to the Washington Post. The stocky deer stand at about 2 feet tall, according to Discovery.

The WCS survey team noted that the deer were “discrete” and “difficult to spot,” and they were unable to get them on camera.


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