Moschus – Musk deers

Oh dear, is that a saber-toothed deer I smell!?

The musk deer live in the alpine forests of the Himalayas, far from human civilization. They are only active at night and are solitary except during the mating season. Their name refers to the scent produced by the males of this family, used to attract mates. Male musk deer are also equipped with saber-like fangs (that are actually enlarged upper canine teeth).

They use their fangs as weapons when competing with other males for a mate. Musk deer are not true deer. They are more closely related to bovids and lack the characteristic deer antlers. Only 1 out of the 15 genera remain, consisting of 7 species found only in Asia.