Animal Facts Musk Deer

Have you, or someone that you know, ever worn one of the many versions of musk scented colognes or perfume? They may smell good, but they are also the main reason that the musk deer are currently decreasing in numbers at alarming rates. The musky scent is found in a pod in the skin of the abdomen of the male musk deer and they are hunted and destroyed for this purpose. There is a lot more to this animal than just a pretty scent, though. The following are some interesting facts about musk deer that you may not be aware of.

*The musk deer lives in the wet mountain forests of the Himalayas, Korea, and Siberia.

*This animal is a rather small deer, only growing to two feet tall on average, at the shoulders. They are approximately three feet in length.

*They have a pointed face that holds up a pair of large ears, and a brown coat.

*The male musk deer has a pair of tusklike teeth that curve from the sides of the mouth.

*Musk deer have no antlers.

*The primary predators that threaten the musk deer in the animal world are the lynx, the wolverine, and the yellow-throated marten.

*The adult musk deer only weighs about twenty to twenty-five pounds.

*The female musk deer has a 162 day pregnancy and will give birth to two babies with every pregnancy.

*A newborn musk deer only weighs a little over one pound.

*Babies are fawns, females are does, and males are bucks or stags.

*Many varieties of the musk deer are threatened with extinction in the near future.

*Musk deer are raised in captivity in China to be used for their musk scent pods.

*Musk deer don’t live in herds, preferring to live alone or once in a while, in pairs.

*The male’s scent pod is only active during mating season, so its purpose is said to be to attract the female musk deer. This is when they are hunted, as well.

*The mating season is only one month long per year.

*The musk was once only gotten at the death of the animal, but now some hunters of the musk are using tranquilizer guns to retrieve the goods they are seeking. That is only some, though, and many musk deer are still killed for the scent.

The musk deer is growing in numbers in some areas, due to the changing practice of getting the desired musk, but it may not be enough to save the breed from eventual extinction. There are still less than 50,000 of these animals in existence. They were once almost completely extinct due to poachers, but even now, with less of this activity, the threat of total extinction is still very real. The musk deer have been inbred to the point that there is much sickness and disease among them. Saving the little anterless deer will take a joint effort, with you and I included in the fight!