Tragulus Kanchil, commonly known as lesser mouse deer, is a small herbivorous mammal that is indigenous to southeast Asia. Its body length measures only 18 inches and it stands approximately 10 inches at the shoulder making it one of the tiniest ungulates. It looks like a small deer with a head similar to a mouse and has a slim figure which is covered with reddish-brown or dark brown fur. Christian Posch, a Danish zookeeper shares interesting videos of this adorable little creature along with many others on his Instagram page.
A compact form, thin legs which are short and tiny hooves are characteristic for this shy species that is perfectly adapted to its forested habitat. They are small and nocturnal, hence they can move silently in detour through thick vegetation to feed on leaves, fruits, and tender shoots during night time. The lesser mouse deer’s eyes are big and dark enough to be able to see when it’s dark so they normally go looking for food at night.
These animals live alone usually in low density across the wildness. They love hiding away in dense forests where human beings or other predators can hardly find them easily. Nonetheless because their habitats are being destroyed by people and they hunt them, these deers are now endangered. Conservationists and various professionals like Christian are doing their bit to protect and are striving to save their habitats too. So the message is clear, as to inform others about the importance of protecting them.
Christian Posch, from Vilvorde, Roskilde, is an avid zookeeper who has become a favorite on Instagram because of his interactive and informative posts. Christian is the Faglig Koordinator at Tropezoo and an expert in animal facilities as well. These posts concentrate on various adorable cuties, like the mouse deer, among other animals that he constantly looks after at Tropezoo. They come as various forms of content such as reels or photo updates where deer are shown eating vegetables or simply spending time with him. Not only does his Instagram handle—@gentlemanzookeeper—give viewers a sneak peek into the lives of these fascinating animals but it also demonstrates how much he loves them. Furthermore, his training background in Vilvorde, Roskilde (2011-2013) at which he majored in zookeeping with emphasis on zoological enclosures adds to his expertise and love for nature.