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A lucky photographer managed to spot a Sambar deer in Singapore.

In a 19-second clip uploaded to the Singapore Wildlife Sightings Facebook group on August 19, the majestic animal can be seen walking around, even looking in the photographer’s direction several times.

Taken under the moon and the streetlights

Photographer Tan Yong Lin said he held his breath as he captured the deer with his camera.

While hiding behind a tree to take the photos, Tan was bitten by ants that had swarmed all over his body.

But he remained so still that he didn’t want to frighten the animal.

“Given the shyness of these creatures, any slight movement would send them back into the darkness of the forest,” the photographer explained.

Image courtesy of Tan Yong Lin/FB.

Image courtesy of Tan Yong Lin/FB.

Image courtesy of Tan Yong Lin/FB.

Tan was eventually able to take photos and videos of the deer without using a flash, thanks to the animal idling near streetlights along the road.

“Thanks for sharing”

It is rare to spot a Sambar deer in Singapore.

The photographer was lucky to have seen a real life, as according to a 2017 estimate there are only 20 known Sambar deer on the island.

“The window of opportunity with these animals [is] small, and I have to cherish every second I have to get pictures of these wonderful animals that live in the wilds of Singapore,” Tan said.

Many commenters who didn’t get a chance to see them thanked the photographer for sharing the videos and photos.

Pay attention to them when driving

A commentator pointed out that these deer have been spotted in the Mandai Road area on several other occasions.

And while it’s not ideal to reveal where they were spotted, he said:

“Instead, let’s give the photographer all the credit he deserves, all the likes he can get for all his hard work, let’s give all the credit to the group of sambar deer who defend and protect the deer until let it increase in number now.”

The photographer also responded saying that it’s still not easy to spot them even if you’re around.

He advised those in the area to watch out, keep a “respectful distance” from them and drive carefully.

Image courtesy of Tan Yong Lin/FB.

You can check out more of Tan’s work here, where he photographed (what is presumably) another sambar deer on a previous occasion.

Images taken by Tan Yong Lin/FB.

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