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Elaphodus cephalopus or tufted deer. They are called 'tufted deer' because of the tuff on their forehead.

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They live in Northeast Burm and Southern and Central China.

In forested areas at high altitudes. They also live in rainforests also at high altitude. These deer always live near water.

They look very similar to muntjac but they are slightly bigger. They weigh from 17-50kgs.
Length: 110cm to 160cm (3.6ft to 5.3ft).
Coat: Corse with dark grey or brown. The head and neck is grey. The undersides of the tail and body are white as well as the tips of the ears and lips. The males have little antlers on their head but are sometimes covered by their little tuff of hair.

Males are a little bit bigger than females. A young fawn is born with the same colorings as adults but they have two rows of white spots on either side of their spine. Once the fawn reaches maturity the spots will have gone as they fade with time.

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To attract females, male deer will bark.
They mate in late Autumn to early winter. Fawns are born in summer. A female tufted deer is pregnant for 180 days. They usually have 1-2 fawns a year. A fawn is dependant on its Mother until 6 months.

15 years in captivity. It is unknown how long they live for in the wild.

The tufted deer tail points upwards while its feeding showing off its white underside. They also do this while they run.
They mostly live by themselves but can sometimes live in pairs.
When they are alarmed they bark to warn others in the area.
These deer are territorial and don't usually stray far from their home territory.
Bucks fight over their territory and their mates. They use their 'elonged canines as well as their antlers. Though their antlers aren't very dangerous.

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Leaves, twigs, grasses, other vegetation, and fruit.

Lepards and dholes which are a species of wild dog.

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