Don’t be fooled. They may look like fangs, but they are actually tusks. This is the Chinese Water Deer (or “Vampire Deer” if you want to call it this way), but despite its name it is found across Europe “and possess remarkable survival tactics that allow them to thrive in varied climates.”
When you look closely at the Chinese water or “vampire” deer, it is obvious that they are different from any other type of deer you’ve seen. The most noticeable aspect of its appearance is the two robust tusks that protrude from the edges of the Chinese water deer’s mouth followed by a relatively adorable set of teddy bear-like ears.
These unusual “fangs” have earned the water deer the nickname “vampire deer” and when combined with the soft round ears, give the deer’s otherwise cuddly appearance a goofy and somewhat intimidating look. Aside from their prominent tusks, the Chinese water deer appears harmless. But just like any other natural defense, its protruding tusks can cause serious damage against threats and other animals.
The fangs may indicate that this deer is a primitive type of the species.
More fun facts about this creature at ATI.
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