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Himalayan Musk Deer

Moschus leucogaster


Rare, elusive and endangered, the Musk Deer is one of the most fascinating species of Deer found in the southern slopes of Himalayas. The unique feature of the Musk Deer are the canines, that stick out downwards from the mouth (larger in Males than in Females).


This species inhabits high alpine environments recording a lowest altitude of 2500m. The habitat comprises of pockets with rock outcrops and steep slopes amidst a forest of coniferous trees. It feeds mainly on grasses, shrubs, leaves, moss, lichens, shoots, and twigs.


We observed this elusive mammal at 08:30 am on a high hill foraging. After a while we also saw it chasing a Himalayan Monal (male) which is quite unusual.

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alicelongmartin 8 years ago

Amazing moment!

armadeus.4 8 years ago

An extraordinary moment that I am sure you will never forget. Thank you for sharing :)

Vipul Ramanuj
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Vipul Ramanuj

Uttarakhand, India

Spotted on May 11, 2015
Submitted on Oct 17, 2015

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