Tufted deer for fanged-deer
Tufted deer are found in a large part of central China and north-eastern Myanmar, in mountain/forest areas up to 4500 metres above sea level, making them quite difficult to study. They are characterised by the tuft of hair on theirs forehead and the fact that males have both antlers and tusks. If alarmed, tufted deer will let out a large bark before running away.
ooOoooOoo if we can make requests lets get a chevrotain of some kind all up in here. Go for the cute factor.
Actually not a cervine but I’ll let you off because they’re so cute!
The word ‘chevrotain’ comes from the French for ‘little goat’. This ruminant animal is also known as the mouse deer (not to be confused with the deer mouse!) and have their own Family in scientific classification called Tragulidae!
There are 10 living species but others have been found in fossils. Chevrotains live in the tropical forests of Southern Asia and Central/West Africa and they are the smallest ungulate in the world!
Males have tusks, like the water deer.
Chinese Water Deer for birdtoner.
This species has tusks instead of antlers (but are still classed as deer!) The tusks are loose in their sockets and can be moved backwards to eat and forwards to fight. Water deer are often called “vampire deer” because of them.
The Megaloceros Species
from left to right, M. savini, M. cazioti, M. obscurus, M. pachyosteus, M. giganteus, and M. verticornis (C) Stanton F. Fink
Megaloceros comes from the Greek: megalos + keras, which literally means ‘Great Horn’. They were important herbivores during the Ice Age (20,000 years ago!) The largest species, M. giganteus, also known as the “Irish Elk” or “Giant elk” is the best known.