Neither mouse nor deer, this Vietnamese ungulate is shy, walks on the tips of its hooves and was just spotted in the wild for the first time in almost 30 years.
Environmental group Global Wildlife Conservation said the silver-backed chevrotain, known as the Vietnamese mouse deer, had been recorded in the wild only five times until a team of researchers recently rediscovered it outside Nha Trang.
A small, deer-like animal thought to have been extinct has been spotted for the first time in three decades in the northwestern jungle of #Vietnam, providing hope that reports of the animal’s demise may have been overstated.
There had been no confirmed sightings of the silver-backed chevrotain or ‘#mousedeer’ since 1990. But Vietnamese biologist An Nguyen along with colleagues Barney Long and Andrew Tilker refused to give up on the ungulate from the species, Tragulus versicolor. The mouse deer boast two-tone coloration and grey hairs tipped with white and are about 18 inches (45 centimeters) tall.