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Musk deer rescued

A rare musk deer has been rescued from the Humde airport area at Manang on Saturday. Local resident rescued the deer that was injured after it was attacked by a dog on the airport runway.

Locals, police and Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) officials have left the deer in a local forest after necessary treatment. “The deer had been injured on the forehead following the attack by the dog,” said Binod Gurung, chairperson of the Manag Conservation Management Committee. The rescued deer is believed to be a female aged approximately one year.

Locals have rescued and treated the rare species of musk deer on previous instances as well. According to investigators, local people’s efforts have largely prevented the hunting and poaching of rare animals found in the Himalayan region.

The musk deer is usually found in the Himalayan region around 2,500 to 5,000 metres above sea level. It usually weighs from 10-15 kilograms and has dense and rough body hair. The deer is found mostly at Khaptad, Makalu, Barun, Rara, Sagarmatha, Lamtang, Annapurna, Gaurishankar, Apinampha regions.

The deer is also found in China, India, Malaysia, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. The International Union for Conservation of Nature has enlisted the deer under the category of rare animals.

source: ekantipur, 13 April 2014

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