Fact Attack: Endangered Species No. 103 – Chinese Water Deer

Mungai and the Goa Constrictor

Chinese water deer

“We are the only species which, when it chooses to do so, will go to great effort to save what it might destroy.”
Wallace Stegner

Chinese water deer You may have noticed how the rare Chinese water deer in the image above bears an uncanny resemblance to the recently featured Siberian musk deer.  In fact, there are various similarities between them, but the tusks are, of course, the real common denominator. There are contrasts, too, one of which lies in the way their value is perceived by their human predators; their individual reasons for becoming a cause for concern in the wild. Although both are hunted for body parts and meat, and the musk deer is specifically hunted for its musk pod to make perfume, these sweet little things are pursued and slain for the most egregious of reasons:  the quasi-digested milk found in the rumen of unweaned fawns, is used in…

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