Nha Trang (dpa) - For almost 30 years, it was considered lost - now researchers have spotted again for the first time a Vietnam-Kantschil in the wild.
According to a team around Andrew Tilker of the organization Global Wildlife Conservation in the USA, the hoofed animal from the family of deer pigs, which is about the size of a rabbit, has fallen into a camera trap in eastern Vietnam, reports in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution. The last known member of the animal was shot in 1990 by a hunter.
The team of experts was following tips from residents near the coastal town of Nha Trang, who had seen the animal with the silver-gray back fur. Within six months, 30 photo-traps would record the Vietnam-cantschil (Tragulus versicolor) more than 200 times independently.
How many animals of the species lived exactly in the region, is currently not known. The animal can scientifically be considered rediscovered, write the experts to Tilker, who is currently a doctoral student at the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research in Berlin. However, it had never disappeared for the local population.
Information about the Vietnam-Kantschil, Global Wildlife Conservation (English)