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Tufted Deer (Elaphodus cephalophus)

The Tufted Deer (Elaphodus cephalophus) is a small species of deer characterized by its prominent tuft of black hair on its forehead. The coat is coarse with short and stiff hairs, being almost black in the winter and chocolate brown in the summer. The lips, tip of the ears, and the underside of the tails are white. Perhaps the most striking feature of this deer is a tuft of horseshoe shaped hair on the forehead, being brown to black. The antler is only present in males and is extremely short, almost hidden by its long tuft of hair. Male deer also have long and sharp canines that protrude out of their mouths like fangs.

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Taken on March 12, 2013