These deer may look exactly like vampires, but they won't try to suck your blood

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A resemblance to Dracula is there but don't worry -- they are harmless. The term 'Vampire deer' or 'Fanged deer' actually doesn't apply to one set species.

Instead, it's a slang term used to describe four different types: Water deer, Musk deer, Muntjac deer and Tufted deer. All are known for their visibly protruding fangs.

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One zoologist says that the ancestor for all deer species once had tusks.

As the deer species began to evolve, some grew larger antlers and got rid of their tusks while others kept their 'fangs'.

The Musk deer refers to seven different species native to Southern Asia. Only males have elongated canines

Water deer are native to China and Korea and are listed as 'vulnerable'. Male tusks can range from two inches to three inches long while the females are usually less than an inch.

Tufted deer are found in Central China, Northern Myanmar and recently in Afghanistan. Their nickname comes from the tufted black hair found on their foreheads.

Muntjac deer are the oldest known deer. It is nicknamed the barking deer due to its distinctive bark

So while 'Vampire deer' may look scary, some are actually very, very cute.

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Honey, a baby Pudu deer, born 22 April, takes a walk in the sun at Edinburgh Zoo. (Photo by David Cheskin/PA Archive)
Honey, a baby Pudu deer, born 22 April, takes a walk in the sun with her mother Amber at Edinburgh Zoo. (Photo by David Cheskin/PA Archive)
Honey, a baby Pudu deer, born 22 April, takes a walk in the sun at Edinburgh Zoo. (Photo by David Cheskin/PA Archive)
A baby pudu, one of the world's smallest species of deer, stands with its mother at Edinburgh Zoo, after entering the world on February 6. The tiny pudu, who has been named Jon by his keepers, was the first to be delivered at Edinburgh Zoo since 2000. (Photo by David Cheskin/PA Archive)
Honey, a baby Pudu deer, born 22 April, takes a walk in the sun with her mother, Amber, at Edinburgh Zoo. (Photo by David Cheskin/PA Archive)
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