OSLO (Reuters) - A “lost” type of deer has been found on a remote mountainside in Indonesia’s Sumatra island 80 years after the last confirmed sighting, experts said Friday.
The Sumatran muntjac, about the size of a large dog, was photographed and rescued from a hunter’s snare 6,400 feet high in mountains of the Kerinci-Seblat National Park.
The species was originally discovered in 1914 but had not been seen since 1930, Flora & Fauna International, whose experts found the deer along with park officials, said in a statement.
Two more of the deer were later photographed elsewhere in the park.
The snared deer was photographed in 2002 but only recognized as a Sumatran muntjac this year, in a 2008 international “Red List” of endangered species, after scientists confirmed that it was a different species from the related red muntjac.
Editing by Angus MacSwan