"We hope that conditions will stabilize soon"
Yeah, it's toast.
Just as the kids in the US are taking to the streets for spooky fun and sugar overloads on Halloween, scientists have rediscovered a long-forgotten species of deer that might just freak you out. The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) said its researchers had documented a species of musk deer continues to live in remote parts …
Yeah, it's toast.
Even if things politically, etc. do stabilze, at that price for it's scent gland(s), it can still be toast. Poaching knows no rules.
...and splatting the story all over the press will really help keep it safe and secret.
Now that this has been publicised I fully expect that the killing teams from China are already on their way to exterminate them within the year.
One can only hope that they encounter the Taliban before they manage to kill 'Bambi'.
"One can only hope that they encounter the Taliban before they manage to kill 'Bambi'."Would that be better Bambicula?
What's it doing out in the day time? Shouldn't it burst into flames or something?
or how about distant relatives you only see at holidays
In the UK you have had Muntjac for a long time. Muntjac(Mastreani) are a very small deer that have smalll tusks similar to the deer in the article.
I am just getting prepared to go deer hunting this morning, Roe Deer, so I will keep a look out for any of the "Bloodthirsty Herbivores...."
Actually transplanting these deer to the UK might be the best way to preserve the species. Preserving in captivity is controversial, but it does work, and has to date saved a dozen large mammal species from complete extinction. It could save these guys too.
"have had Muntjac"
Did we eat them all?
If I'm not mistaken there is also a small population of Chinese water deer which is very similar to the musk deer, 'fangs' and all however water deer are actual deer, cervidae, where musk deer, moschidae, are not and may be more closely related to oxen and antelope than deer.
Look, its actually stopped and posed for the Photographer!
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Looks like a chupa-chihuahua-cabra head stuck on a hare's body. I know it was Halloween an' all but....
What, like a chupalope, you say?
In the spirit of thinking "horse" before "giraffe", I think it's more likely to be just a regular jackalope and not some weird cross with a chupacabra. Still obviously a vampire variety, though.
...i think he just ate Thumper.........bastard!
It is truly an odd looking beast. Hopefully someone can capture a few or at least get genetic samples for eventual cloning, because Afghanistan hasn't been stable for the past few centuries, I don't know why we'd expect anything to change soon.
Afghanistan seems to cope quite well when other nations stay out.
The surprise is it is still around until you consider the nature of the terrain it lives in.
Usually political and economic stability has inverse co-relation with habitat preservation. (Though I do see your point that it'll be hard to run conservation projects here).
If they were considered extinct for 50+ years, how were the poachers able to sell the musk?
"This stuff is so RARE no one's seen one for half a century..."
"Sure, sign me up, I'll buy all ya got for $45,000!!"
Why do people want to smell of deer's excretions?
They'll be smearing whale vomit over themselves next ...
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