Rare gaur found dead in southern Vietnam

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The bovine that was found dead on a farm in Vietnam's southern province of Binh Phuoc last week was a rare gaur (Bos gaurus), Vietnam News Agency quoted a local ranger as saying Wednesday.

Nguyen Van Cao, chief of the Dong Phu District forest rangers, said the animal, which weighed nearly 100 kilograms, died of injuries caused by falling into a poacher's snare.

Its left foreleg had many injuries, he added.

The animal was found dead in a forested part around Tan Lap Farm last Sunday.

More than 20 gaurs live in two herds in the 2,500-hectare forest in Dong Phu District, but are hunted by locals and poachers.

According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, which categorizes the gaur as "vulnerable," the animal's global population is between 13,000 and 30,000. They are mainly distributed in South and Southeast Asia. 

It is the world's largest wild cattle species.

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