Fanged deer spotted for first time since 1948

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Fanged Deer Spotted For First Time Since 1948


An elusive fanged deer was recently spotted for the first time in more than 60 years.

It's called the Kashmir musk deer and only the males have fangs.

A research team spotted the endangered deer at least three times in Northeastern Afghanistan where it hasn't been seen since 1948.

Unfortunately, the scientists weren't able to capture a photo because the animal didn't stick around one place long enough.

This species only grows to be about two feet tall and the fangs are used during mating season to fight for mates, rather than antlers.

They're considered endangered because of habitat loss and poaching. Their scent glands are often used in perfume and can be worth more than gold - around $20,000 per pound, according to Discovery.

In a press release, the Wildlife Conservation Society says it hopes to find appropriate conservation conditions to save the species.

Close relative of the Kashmir musk deer:
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Fanged deer spotted for first time since 1948
SRINAGAR, INDIA - OCTOBER 24: A Man is feeding grass to Musk deer calf which was found on October 24, 2012 in Batmaloo area of Srinagar, India. The residents of Srinagar handed over a musk deer to wildlife officials. The musk deer was mysteriously found in the locality and was rescued by the residents after it was attacked by dogs. (Photo by Waseem Andrabi/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
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Kashmiri children look at a Musk Deer cub that strayed into a residential area in Srinagar, India, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012. The cub was later handed over to the wildlife officials. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)
Kashmiri women look at a man holding a Musk Deer cub that strayed into a residential area in Srinagar, India, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012. The cub was later handed over to the wildlife officials. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)
Kashmiri children attend to a Musk Deer cub that strayed into a residential area in Srinagar, India, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012. The cub was later handed over to the wildlife officials. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)
SRINAGAR, INDIA - OCTOBER 24: A Man feeding milk to Musk deer calf which was found on October 24, 2012 in Batmaloo area of Srinagar, India.The residents of Srinagar handed over a musk deer to wildlife officials. The musk deer was mysteriously found in the locality and was rescued by the residents after it was attacked by dogs. (Photo by Waseem Andrabi/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
SRINAGAR, INDIA - OCTOBER 24: Children playing with the Musk deer calf which was found on October 24, 2012 in Batmaloo area of Srinagar, India.The residents Srinagar handed over a musk deer to wildlife officials. The musk deer was mysteriously found in the locality and was rescued by the residents after it was attacked by dogs. (Photo by Waseem Andrabi/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
SRINAGAR, KASHMIR, INDIA -OCTOBER 24: A vet holds an injured fawn of Musk deer after treating it after it was rescued by locals from the clutches of stray dogs on October 24, 2012 on the outskirts of Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Administered Kashmir. Wildlife officials were not sure how the animal could have reached the summer capital city of Indian-administered Kashmir as Musk deer is generally found in Dachigam National Park, upper reaches of Sonamarg and the Zabarwan hills, they said.The Musk deer is an endangered species, though officials say they are yet to conduct a census to count the population of Musk deer. (Photo by Yawar Nazir/ Getty Images)
SRINAGAR, KASHMIR, INDIA -OCTOBER 24: A wildlife official holds an injured fawn of Musk deer in a vehicle after it was rescued by locals from the clutches of stray dogs on October 24, 2012 on the outskirts of Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Administered Kashmir. Wildlife officials were not sure how the animal could have reached the summer capital city of Indian-administered Kashmir as Musk deer is generally found in Dachigam National Park, upper reaches of Sonamarg and the Zabarwan hills, they said.The Musk deer is an endangered species, though officials say they are yet to conduct a census to count the population of Musk deer. (Photo by Yawar Nazir/ Getty Images)
SRINAGAR, INDIA - OCTOBER 24: A Man feeding milk to Musk deer calf which was found on October 24, 2012 in Batmaloo area of Srinagar, India.The residents of Srinagar handed over a musk deer to wildlife officials. The musk deer was mysteriously found in the locality and was rescued by the residents after it was attacked by dogs. (Photo by Waseem Andrabi/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
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