In the digital age of globalization, Google, and infinite access to information, it might pass someone by that there’s still plenty on this earth to discover. For instance, in a time when organizations like the IUCN and the WWF conclude that we are living through the 6th great extinction event, there are still some animals that have not only avoided extinction but are reappearing after being lost for years.
A team of researchers in South Vietnam has produced evidence that the silver-backed chevrotain, also known as the Vietnamese mouse deer, or further still the fanged-mouse deer, is still going about its business in the dry lowland forests of Vietnam.
The Greater Annamites Region of Laos and Vietnam is home to one of the highest concentrations of endemic mammals anywhere in a continental setting, especially ungulates.
Ungulates are hoofed animals that eat grasses which they ferment in separate stomach compartments. Cows, sheep, camels, the deer family (elk, moose), antelope, and more are ungulates. But while there are stories of people driving WV Beetles underneath a bull moose, the silver-backed chevrotain is no bigger than a hare.