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Deer With 'Vampire Fangs' Spotted for First Time in 60 Years

The animal - known as a kashmir musk deer has a set of vampire like fangs that it uses to... 2014-11-10 08:55 AM EST Last Updated: 2014-11-10 08:58 AM EST
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More than 60 years after its last confirmed sighting, a deer with vampire like fangs has been seen in north east Afghanistan. The animal - known as a kashmir musk deer - was last spotted by a Danish survey team in 1948.



The Kashmir musk deer (Moschus cupreus) is an endangered species of musk deer native to Afghanistan, India, and Pakistan. This species was originally described as a subspecies to the alpine musk deer, but is now classified as a separate species. The deer stand at 60 cm (2.0 ft) tall, and only males have tusks and they use them during mating season to compete for females.

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. It is listed as an endangered species in Pakistan.[citation needed]

No musk deer had been seen from 1948 until 2008. In 2014, at least three were reported to be spotted in surveys conducted in 2008 and 2009 in Nuristan, Afghanistan. A recent survey by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has revealed at least three of the ghoulish-looking creatures are currently living on the Afghanistan's rugged north-eastern slopes.

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