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The Chinese water deer (Hydropotes inermis) is a species of deer native to China and Korea. It is a small species of deer, with a compact body and distinctive long tusks (upper canines) in males.
Chinese water deer are semi-aquatic animals and are well adapted to living in wetland environments. They are herbivores and feed on a variety of vegetation, including aquatic plants, grasses, and leaves.
These deer are known for their agility and are capable of jumping over obstacles and swimming long distances. They are also known for their vocalizations, including barks, grunts, and whistles, which they use to communicate with other members of their species.
Chinese water deer have been introduced to several countries, including the United Kingdom, where they have established populations. In their native range, they are considered to be a game species and are hunted for their meat and pelts.
Conservation efforts are underway to protect Chinese water deer populations and preserve their habitats, including measures to control hunting and promote sustainable forestry practices.