A Sabretoothed "Deer"

Национальный парк "Земля леопарда". Фото: Михаил Кречмар, с сайта leopard-land.ru
Национальный парк "Земля леопарда". Фото: Михаил Кречмар, с сайта leopard-land.ru

The camera of the Land of the Leopard national park caught a rare musk deer, a miniature hoofed animal, which uses long and sharp fangs instead of horns to battle with rivals.

Musk deers are solitary animals. It is quite difficult to capture this taiga inhabitant. However, the staff of the Land of the Leopard park managed to get a video of an adult male musk deer. Fangs give this animal a threatening look of a "vampire deer", but in reality these ungulates eat only plant food. Males use saber-like teeth to fight for females. Sometimes injuries can be so serious that the defeated animal dies.

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The wildlife of the Land of the Leopard national park is rich and diverse. Here, on the border of Russia, China and North Korea, the maximum concentration of fauna in the entire Northeast Asia is recorded. In this conservation territory you can meet rare and endangered species whose protection is of international importance. There are the following paridigitale ungulates living in the territory of the park: spotted deers, roe deers, wild boars, ghorals and musk deers. 

As noted by Pyotr Sonin, a researcher at the Land of the Leopard national park, there are several Far Eastern leopards and Indian martens living in this part of the national park (these beasts of prey are the main threat to musk deers).Indian martens hunt in groups and chase these hoofed animals. According to observations there are no more than 100 of these deer-like animals in the national park so the meeting with them happens very seldom. 

It is interesting that in Latin a “kabarga” means "carrying musk". The animal received this name because of the musk gland of male deers. This unique aromatic substance is used in medicine and perfumery and that is why many hunters want to catch a musk deer often illegally. However, the security department of the national park does its best to protect this amazing animal.