Vampire-Fanged Deer Found In Afghanistan Is A ‘Living Treasure,’ Rare Species Not Seen For Over 66 Years

November 3, 2014 6:49 PM

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Vampire-Fanged Deer Found In Afghanistan Is A ‘Living Treasure,’ Rare Species Not Seen For Over 66 Years

A rare deer with fangs that would make Dracula do a double take was recently spotted in Afghanistan for the first time in over 66 years, proving that the elusive and bizarre species had survived decades of poaching and habitat loss. The last time the deer, known as the Kashmir musk deer, was seen in the wild in Afghanistan was in 1948, according to a new study published Friday by the Wildlife Conservation Society.

"Musk deer are one of Afghanistan's living treasures," study co-author Peter Zahler said in a statement. He said the rare species, once widely distributed across the mountains of Afghanistan, India and Pakistan, was the “natural heritage” of the region, much like the endangered snow leopard. “We hop...

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