Tufted Deer

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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Tufted Deer

 

(Elaphodus cephalophus), an artiodactyl ruminant of the family Cervidae. The body is 110–160 cm long and 50–70 cm tall; the tail is 7–15 cm long. The weight is 17–50 kg. The antlers are short and sometimes almost concealed by a frontal tuft of long hairs. The upperpart of the body is chocolate brown; the underpart is lighter in coloration. The tips of the ears and the lower part of the tail are white. Tufted deer are distributed in shrub-covered mountains of southern China, northern Burma, and Laos. They live in couples or singly. Their diet consists of grass. Mating occurs in April or May; the gestation period is about six months. There are one or two young in a litter.

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