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11 November 2019 22:41

Silver-backed chevrotains, also known as mouse-deer, were thought to be an extinct species.

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Silver-backed chevrotains, also known as mouse-deer, were thought to be an extinct species. But scientists have found evidence the animals are still alive, after images of the animal were caught on camera in Vietnam. The last validated sighting of a mouse deer was in 1990, and since then scientists had wondered if the species even existed anymore. How to spot false widow spiders: What to do if the spider bites you But in a huge breakthrough for the species, Global Wildlife Conservation (GWC) captured images of the animal in the wild, with details published in the Nature Ecology & Evolution journal on Monday. An Nguyen, associate conservation scientist with GWC, said: "For those of us living in Vietnam and working in wildlife conservation, the question of whether the chevrotain was still out there and if so, where, has been nagging us for years.

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"There was very little information available to point us in the right direction and we didn't know what to expect. "That we were able to find it with so few leads and in a relatively short period of time shows how a little bit of effort and willpower can go a long way in finding some of these special species lost to science." READ MORE: Conservation project sees extinct species of butterflies thriving