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| Last Updated:: 14/11/2019

Lost mouse deer photographed for first time

 

 

 

 

 

 

A tiny deer-like species not seen by scientists for nearly 30 years has been clicked in a forest in Vietnam. Images of the silver-backed chevrotain, commonly called the Vietnamese mouse deer, were captured in the wild by trap cameras, Global Wildlife Conservation said.

 

 

 

 

 

It said the rabbit-sized animal is not a deer or a mouse, despite its nickname, but is the world’s smallest hoofed mammal. The chevrotain was first described in 1910 by four people. A fifth sighting was reported in 1990 in central Vietnam, making it one of the rarest animals in the world. Scientists set up several camera traps. Five months and 1,800 photos later, they had their prey. AP

 

 

 

 

Source:  The Times of India, 14 November, 2019, Chennai.