Hannah (whiteunicorn4) wrote in wtf_nature,
Hannah
whiteunicorn4
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Lesser Mouse-Deer

Hi.  I've been reading this community for a long time and I thought I'd share this animal.  Some of you may have seen it on the Obscure Animal Alphabet (http://www.uglorable.com/2008/03/30/obscure-animal-alphabet-axolotl-to-zebu/).  It's one of my personal favorites.

Some facts:

-Also known as the kanchil or tragulus kanchil.

-Species of even-toed ungulate, meaning they have hooves similar to those of pigs, giraffes, camels, goats, cattle, deer, etc.

-One of four species of mouse-deer that make up the family Tragulidae

-Generally found in South East Asia

-Smallest known hoofed mammal, standing approximately 18 inches high and weighing 4.4 pounds

-Males have tusk-like canines which females lack

-Herbivores in the wild

-Form monogamous family groups

-Often shy and solitary

*information from Wikipedia and Animal Diversity Web

Pictures:

Male:
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/189/473761738_ba7f10ff82.jpg?v=0

Female:
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2047/2189556477_3aa8c91cdb.jpg?v=0

   


Tags: deer, mammal
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