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Musk DeerMusk Deer

The musk deer is a primitive deer about the size of a medium-sized dog. It has large, rounded ears, no visible tail, an arched back, and long hind limbs. The male has long upper canines or tusks and has a highly prized musk gland, the contents of which are literally worth their weight in gold. Musk deer are solitary and shy most of the time, though their droppings are commonplace occurrences on trails. Their preferred domain is birch forest and scrub in the upper temperate and alpine zones. In other parts of the Himalayas west of Bhutan, local people hunt them with dogs, snares and poisoned spears. For some villages, they represent an important source of income.
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