A mysterious animal species which looks like a mix of a horse and a deer was recently spotted in rural China.
This was the first time Chinese forestry officials had seen the rare species known as 'horse deer' in about a decade.
Chinese state media People's Daily yesterday shared a precious footage of the rare animal shot by an infrared camera in north-west China's Xinjiang Province.
The animal also known as Ebi Lake Red Deer was sighted on December 24 by the Ebi Lake near the China-Kazakhstan border according to People's Daily Online.
Officers from the Ebi Lake Wetland Management Bureau made the discovery during scientific research.
The video also showed the animal's footprints in the snow.
With an estimated population of 110 'horse deer' has long been a myth in Xinjiang.
What bit of it is supposed to look like a horse?
It's a dork-fish!
That rill be on someone's dinner plate soon!
Looks like some kind of elk to me.
Should have tagged the one they caught if they wanted more research. Oops.
SOUND OF SILENCE
A horse? You need to go to spec savers!
My 2 Cents
Um that's an Elk.
I'm not sure what part of the universe this 'journalist' is from but here on earth NO horse breed looks even remotely similar to that creature which can clearly be identified as a species of Deer.
I myself and me
Quick run away before they eat you!!!!!!!!!!
Just a hornless elk!
Combo horse x deer = rein-deer...
No mystery DNA = wapati = elk a large member of the deer family
I'd be worried if a horse looked like that.
Won't be long before that species is on their dinner tables....
It's two men wearing a hairy panto horse.
It's a deer; nothing like a horse.
Oh it's pretty please leave it alone and don't find some strange medicinal use for the little thing. I'd Love to see it's feet so we can see what it is as horse and deer feet are quite different.
Looks like a dorse to me.
Joe Q Public -> Philip Morris
Not to be contradictory but it appears to actually be a heer.
tuguybear -> Philip Morris
Actually a Derse.