Post by Graveyardbride on Jan 23, 2017 8:52:29 GMT -5
Mythical ‘Horse Deer’ Is Real
LOS ANGELES – Cryptozoology is considered a psuedoscioence. Its believers seek evidence of cryptids such as Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster and the Yeti, as well as dragons and other mythical creatures referenced in historical literature. Among zoologists, these people get little respect. Worst of all, they are rarely able to offer scientifically verifiable evidence for their beliefs.
Enter the “horse deer.” This deer-like species has been reported for centuries as living around a lake in rural, northwestern China. It has been seen so rarely that it has been considered mythological, extinct, or a case of mistaken identity. Yet locals have insisted the horse deer is an actual animal. The creature looks like a deer with some of the characteristic appearance of a small horse.
It has been more than a decade since a reported sighting has occurred, but now a camera has captured a very clear picture of one such animal. The animal, also known as the Ebi Lake Red Deer, was filmed by a stationary camera December 24, 2016, near the border with Kazakhstan. The local wetland management bureau captured the footage and released it to state media. The film footage is perhaps only the second solid verifiable evidence collected about the mysterious creature. In 2004, a specimen was captured and used for DNA analysis. Hair and droppings have reportedly been collected.
The horse deer isn’t nearly as exciting as Bigfoot or the Loch Ness Monster, but it is a case of a cryptid turning out to be real. Locals have reported the existence of the creature for centuries, and only in the past decade or so has science caught up.
Does this mean there’s new hope for other cryptids? For their believers, sure. For skeptics, probably not. There are certainly many species known to people that remain un-described by science because of their rarity or remote habitat. But deer are common and come in many varieties. It is easier to comprehend the existence of a rare deer than the existence of a forest-dwelling hominid such as Bigfoot. Hominids are all believed to be extinct.
Scientists have estimated the horse deer population to be no more than around 110.
Source: Marshall Connolly, Catholic Online, January 10, 2017.