This Small Creature Was Thought To Be Extinct 30 Years Ago-Oops, Wrong!


The smallest hoofed mammal on earth isn't extinct after all

The smallest hoofed mammal on earth isn't extinct after all

It's called the "Silver-Backed Chevrotain" and it was thought to be extinct for over 30 years. Lost to the outside world for a generation—and feared extinct—a small deer-like species with tiny fangs has been photographed tiptoeing through a dry lowland forest in southern Vietnam. The last known scientific recording of the animal, known as the silver-backed chevrotain (Tragulus versicolor), dates to 1990, when a hunter killed one and donated the specimen to scientists. Also known as the Vietnamese mouse-deer, is about the size of a large rabbit, with a silver sheen on its rump. (Here is the full story)