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Kashmir Musk Deer: The Animal Whose "Scent Gland" Is used To Make Costly Perfumes And Medicines

Kashmir musk deer also known as Moschus cupreus are species of endangered musk deer which was first described as a subspecies to the Alpine musk deer, but has now been classified as a different species.

The male kashmir musk deer possess tusks which they use during mating season to compete for females and have a height of about 60cm (2.0ft) tall.

Where are they found?

They are found in India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and also in western Nepal; and live in hilly, forested environment which is usually far from human settlements.

What do they eat

Kashmir musk deers are herbivores and feed mainly on leaves, grasses and flowers. Sometimes they do eat lichens and mosses.

Why are they endangered

Kashmir musk deers are endangered because of excessive hunting by poachers and also because of habitat loss.

What are they hunted for

They are hunted because they possess scent glands which is used to make expensive perfumes with a long lasting fragrance and also for traditional medicine.

How useful is the musk

The musk is a chemical which is found in the musk gland of the male Kashmir musk deer. The musk is usually dried and then used to produce medicine which is very good for nerve problems, coma, stroke, heart and circulation problems, injuries, tumors and seizures (convulsions). It is also used as good flavors.

Lifespan

They have an average lifespan of about 7 years; but some can live more than that.

Source: Nature.com, Britannica.com, Wikipedia, WebMD.com

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