Rare ‘mouse-deer’, thought extinct, spotted for the first time in 25 years

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(CNN) — Scientists thought this tiny deer-like animal was extinct.

But 25 years later, the “chevrotain” has been photographed in Vietnam.

Despite the nickname and appearance, chevrotains are neither mice nor deer, but the world’s smallest hoofed mammals.

Researchers thought they were extinct because of the illegal wildlife trade.

Scientist warn that just because this species was found, doesn’t mean it isn’t threatened.

Some want to put conservation measures in place to ensure the chevrotains survive.

Details of the rediscovery were published Monday in the Scientific Journal Nature Ecology and Evolution.

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