One of the rarest species on Earth, the Visayan spotted deer, was recently seen on video. This sighting offers animal lovers hope and demonstrates how Mother Nature can occasionally be therapeutic.
This gorgeous animal is unquestionably the rarest deer in the entire world, yet not as rare as the Vaquito or the Amur leopard.
The fact that the subspecies was once even listed as extinct added to the astonishment of the situation. These lovely animals are in danger of going extinct due to practices like poaching and deforestation.
They are now listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature as a highly endangered species.
The Facebook page Inverts PH first posted images of the uncommon deer, which it said were taken in a Philippine nature reserve (the precise site was withheld to protect the animal’s endangered status).
Just as its name suggest, the Visayan spotted deer – also known as the Philippine spotted deer or Prince Alfred’s deer – are native to the Visayas Islands, where they prefer the dense cogon grasslands and even the first, and the second forest.
According to the latest reports, around 100 individuals are living on the on the Visayan island of Panay, and there are less than 700 left on all over the islands.
The Visayan spotted deer may reach a height of over 30 inches and a length of up to 50 inches from head to tail. Their weight ranges from 55 to 175 pounds. The Visayan deer may be distinguished from its cousins that also dwell in the Philippines because to their beige markings. On their bottom lip and chin, they also have white fur!
On the Visayan island of Negros, researchers also discovered the Visayan spotted deer in 2018. In the Philippines, the Visayan deer is a protected species!
“An Act providing for the conservation and protection of wildlife resources and their habitats, appropriating funds therefor and for other purposes,” the law reads. “This act went into effect on July 30, 2001, and as a result, hunting the Visayan spotted deer is prohibited.”
More about the Visayan spotted deer, in the video below!