Wild Sambar Deer Said To Be Extinct In 1940 Spotted In Singapore

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Rare Sambar Deer Spotted In Singapore

In Singapore the other day a local was driving down the road when they spotted a deer walking. They took out their phone to start filming the majestic beast and as they got closer realized it was a rare, thought to be extinct wild Sambar deer.

SAMBAR DEER AT HORTON PLAIN NATIONAL PARK.@2014(EDITED) PHONE CAPTURED

Posted by WILD EYE on Sunday, December 21, 2014

They Thought All The Sambar Deer Were Extinct

Since the 1940s everyone thought the Sambar deer got hunted out and was no longer on the island. However, this video below proves that somehow, someway, there’s still some Sambars left roaming around. 

This one must have ventured a little too far and made its way to the city because, in the video, it appears it was about to cross the road but stopped dead in its tracks. It saw the car approaching and then turned around running into the darkness.

Sambar deer, Agumbe. #unoticed #picoftheday #inindia #indiaincredible Photograph by Sumanth Kuduvalli

Posted by Hunch Press on Monday, June 13, 2016

History Behind The Sambar Deer

Truly a rare sight to see. The deer were originally found in South China and Southeast Asia and eventually listed as a vulnerable species on the IUCN Red List back in 2008. They say the population dramatically dropped due to hunting and reduction of their natural habitat.

They are the third-largest deer on the planet growing up to heights of 40-63 inches tall at the shoulder and weighing up to 1200 pounds. The moose and the elk are the only other members of the deer family that are taller and heavier.

So if you’re in Singapore and traveling down Mandai Rd, drive slowly and watch out your windows periodically because you may catch a glimpse of the wild Sambar deer.