Saturday, November 15, 2014

Reindeer or Moose?

I say these are moose, Josh says they are reindeer. But then again, they could be elks or caribou . Frankly, I can't tell the difference. You don't find these creatures on our side of the pond.
However, we do have the mouse deer. Ever seen or heard of one?
image credit - Wikipaedia
Mousedeer, also known as Chevrotain.

Ah, but the mouse deer is not a deer! Neither is it a rodent. It is of the Tragulidae family. An animal about the size of a cat, the mouse deer lives in the jungles of Africa, Asia, and many Pacific islands. It has the legs and the tail of a deer, and the face and the body of a mouse.
The mouse deer (kancil in Malay) is the protagonist of many popular Malay fables that  have been told and retold as folklore for generations in Malaysia. A wee yet cunning figure, Sang Kancil uses its intelligence to outwit other bigger and more powerful creatures than itself.

If you have young kids and want them to learn about children's folktales of Southeast Asia, here are a few Sang Kancil stories to share - THE ADVENTURES OF MOUSE DEER


Jessica Groesbeck said...

Mousedeer?! I must have one as a pet! So. Stinking. Cute!

I'm with Josh on this one...your adorable cookies are totally reindeer :)
Happy Saturday, Veronica!


Love your creations. As always. I really learned something here today. Never heard of the mousedeer but still, it's a creature of this earth and quite darling. Cute.

betty said...

I think I saw a mousedeer at a zoo one time! Your cookies, whatever they are (I vote for reindeer) are adorable!


Leslie said...

Oh my, look at that little cutie! If it's only the size of a cat I want one! Hah. Your cookies are so cute!

mail4rosey said...

It's close to Christmas, so I instantly thought of reindeer. And I laughed at 'moosedeer,' but that's win-win. ;)

alissa apel said...

Those are some very fun cookies.

I've never even heard of a mousedeer. They are really cute!

Lizzy Allan said...

I had never heard of the mousedeer! It's so cute. I want to know more now :) Love the eyelashes on your cookie moose!

Nanny Shecando said...

Omg the mouse deer is so darn cute. I love it! And yep, those mouse deer cookies look pretty darn good too. Yum!
Visiting from Sunday Brunch at Mums. xx

Audrey said...

I say the cookies are Moose, but it doesn't really matter as long as they are tasty, right?

Found you on Sunday Brunch.

Angelique Ouellette-Tower said...

These cute cookies are being featured on my blog today as part of Tuesdays with a Twist blog hop:

Bel MumsTakeFive said...

Mousedeer! how cute is he!
and Moose Cookies I think they are very cute Moose cookies :)
Thanks for sharing with us for Sunday Brunch x

Tanya Anurag said...

I love how you have informative stories to go with your cookies. It's double the fun visiting you.


FrugalMomma said...

The reindeer are adorable!!! I have never seen mouse deer before.

Thanks for the visit to my site!

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