for years, scientists have feared that a tiny dværghjort with fangs and silver coat on the rumpen, was an extinct species.
But now copies of the animal which is so small that it may lie in a hand, been filmed in Vietnam.
Behind the spectacular footage is of scientists from the environmental organization Global Wildlife Conservation, writes Science.dk, who has a video of the small animals.
the Filming of the animal, which is called a sølvrygget dværghjort (Tragulus Versicolor), is the first evidence in three decades that the species still exists.
Eventually, the researchers saw the heartbeat, was in 1990.
- It is a really tough art, and we have long hoped to find evidence that it still exists, says biologist Andrew Tilker from Leibniz Zoological Institute in Germany to National Geopraphic.
The sølvryggede dværghjort is also known under the name of vietnamese deer. It is primarily threatened by trådfælder, as the poachers put out. the
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On the new images of the animal, scientists can clearly see that it has small fangs in the mouth.
Male fangs are longer than the hun. Therefore, suppose the researchers that the dværghjorten use hugtænderne to compete for territories and females.
the Researchers have described their findings in a scientific article just published in Nature Ecology & Evolution.
the Researchers got the idea for, where to look for the sølvryggede dværghjort, after they had spoken with people in the area and skovfogeder, who believed that they had seen the animals, which corresponds to the description of the rare species, in lavlandsskove in southern Vietnam.
Kamerafælder was set up, and on the way we managed the researchers to photograph the little deer.
- We had no idea what we could expect, so I was surprised and ardently happy, when we checked the kamerafælderne and saw that there were photographs of a dværghjort with sølvflanker, says the researcher An Nguyen, who is the leader of the ekspeditionsholdet by Global Wildlife Conservation (GWC), to The Guardian.
- To discover that the species is in fact still out there, is the first step towards ensuring that we do not lose it again, and we rush us now to find out how we can best protect it, he adds.
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