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It seems like the only media coverage Afghanistan gets these days is about war, terrorism and heroin, but this beautiful and ancient country has many wonderful stories to tell. Two popped up recently about little-known cryptid creatures of Afghanistan – a deer with fangs and a Bigfoot cousin known as the Barmanou.
According to an article in the November edition of the journal Oryx, the Wildlife Conservation Society says the last confirmed sighting anywhere in Afghanistan of the endangered Kashmir musk deer was over 60 years ago in 1948. The fangs or tusks were only found in males and, not surprisingly, were used to compete for females. As their name suggests, they also had musk glands which they were hunted for to extinction in Afghanistan – until a survey team spotted a male, female and juvenile in a mountainous area