Siberian musk deer
As the title suggests, musk deer are responsible for the manufacturing of musk, a strong-smelling substance that is one of the most expensive animal products on this planet. Unlike true deer of the family Cervidae, the male Siberian musk deer doesn’t possess antlers, however instead has two outstanding, tusk-like canine tooth, which protrude below the lower jaw. These develop throughout the deer’s life and will attain as much as 10 centimetres in length. The Siberian musk deer has a stocky body, with comparatively brief, skinny front legs and longer, more highly effective hind legs. The structure of the legs, the curved backbone and large rear, imply that, rather than running, this species moves with a bounding gait . The fur of the Siberian musk deer is long and dense, colored dark brown on the body, and mostly gray on the top, with some brown areas at the crown and across the long, hare-like ears . The hooves are long, broad and pointed, with the extra surface area helping to keep the deer from sinking into soft ground and snow.
Scent plays an important part in the life history of the Siberian musk deer, hence the male has three kinds of scent gland: the interdigital gland between the toes, the caudal glands at the rear and the musk gland, a smooth, round pod about 3 centimetres wide, located between the genitals and the navel. In an adult male, the musk gland produces about 28 grams of musk, a dark red-brown, waxy substance, the smell of which can be detected by humans at just 1 part in 3,000.
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