Fanged deer spotted for first time since 1948

Fanged Deer Spotted For First Time Since 1948
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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