The Milu, otherwise known as "Pere David's Deer," has been threatened by expanding civilization, war, and natural disaster, and yet has managed a remarkable story of survival. The History Guy recalls the forgotten story of a species whose fate was inextricably intertwined with human history.
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  • This shows how just a handful of dedicated people over the years is capable of making a difference in saving a species of animal, or any good change for that matter. Thank you THG for the upload. I just discovered your channel and as a lover of history I have been binge watching your videos! And yes, I subscribed. Thanks again!

    MsBeckiMsBeckiGün önce
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    No noNo no10 gün önce
  • I'm sorry, the *what* of the donkey?

    No noNo no10 gün önce
  • It took me a while to adjust to the change, but now I love these opening animations.

    No noNo no10 gün önce
  • Disappointed to see Mike Espy ads on this channel.

    Mark BeyeaMark Beyea10 gün önce
  • One of the largest herds of Pere David's deer if not the largest is at the Global Wildlife refuge in Robert LA. It is well worth a visit. A short drive from New Orleans.

    Edward GrayEdward Gray10 gün önce
  • Merriwether Lewis.

    Micah BaldwinMicah Baldwin10 gün önce
  • 700 in the wild? Where? Citation, please? Perhaps the confusion is the definition of wild

    annarboriterannarboriter14 gün önce
  • How often do The History Guy and Demolition Ranch cross paths? Right before I watched this video I was watching an Off the Ranch video where Demo goes to Ox Ranch in Texas. As he is driving through the ranch he turns his camera a says "I think those are called David's deer". I googled David's deer and then this video popped up next on my feed. Thanks for filling in all the necessary information.

    ryfish5ryfish516 gün önce
  • Wow! I was terrified every time you took a big breath that your next sentence was about the doom of the deer. Amazing survival story!

    Patti-emmonstrex65Patti-emmonstrex6519 gün önce
  • Pere David’s Deer is considered Extinct in the Wild. So I don’t really get why some of you are saying you’ve seen them in the wild. 🤦🏾‍♂️

    • Oh and y’all who are saying they are bred and hunted for food are ssa.

    • Oh and yes the history of the Pere David’s Deer does deserve to be remembered.

    • His video clearly tells and shows that.

  • There is a thriving herd at The Wilds sanctuary near Columbus, Ohio

    bryan carterbryan carter20 gün önce
  • And THIS is mostly conjecture that may well be forgotten. Sorry, but not as entertaining as you normally are. Missed the mark on this one.

    Don WoldDon Wold21 gün önce
  • Leave it up to the history guy to make a story about dear interesting

    J BoshoffJ Boshoff22 gün önce
  • Another anti-Chinese bashing video. From REFUSAL to say Chinese names correctly -- to mentioning Heilongjiang and Mainland China, plus pairing together ML CN besides Taiwan -- to Mongol cavalry assigned to capture Milu deers in the wild (ie. Your supposed "descendants") -- to not mentioning the Japanese invasion and occupation of "Manchuria"!

    peekaboo peekaboopeekaboo peekaboo22 gün önce
  • I just found out I am related to Chief Little Shell I, II, III. All had an interesting life. How about a clip about him or his family?

    Jason BouvetteJason Bouvette23 gün önce
  • So cool, History Guy. I remember, when I was a kid I had a book called something like the big book of extinct animals, and reserved for the last dozen or so pages were animals that were on the brink of extinction. Père David's Deer was one of them. I don't know why that name stuck with me but it always has. Glad to know things seem to be heading in the right direction now, and thank you for all of the historical context. Great work, as per usual.

    John RJohn R24 gün önce
  • Restoring my faith in humanity. Thanks history guy. Mankinds one redeeming feature is cooperation - Beatard Russell

    Alex StroebeleAlex Stroebele25 gün önce
  • I am curious about the history of hockey. Can you help. Love the channel.

    Thomas WeisThomas Weis25 gün önce
  • wow, very cool. was not expecting the positive ending and I'm certain I've never seen nor heard of this species before. thank you!

    hang da clownhang da clown25 gün önce
  • Yeah. Given all the animals that have gone and may yet go extinct - this is something of a remarkable survival story. .

    Bob SmithBob Smith26 gün önce
  • This was a very enDEERing episode. :D

    Deconverted ManDeconverted Man26 gün önce
  • always interesting, always diverse, always enjoy watching, thank you History Guy for your video's

    grimmsterificationgrimmsterification26 gün önce
  • Oh dang, this is near my area of England. Huh. Never thought this would be the episode that gets local for me.

    jimbob3332jimbob333226 gün önce
  • Thanks for sharing the legends and mythology. I don't believe in such stuff, but they captivate my imagination and hold my attention.

    Eugene WongEugene Wong26 gün önce
  • then they all must be terribly inbred

    Ernest SchultzErnest Schultz27 gün önce
  • Mr and Mrs History Guy need to be invited on Wait, wait, don’t tell me, because this could easily have been one of the Bluff The Listener stories and I would have believed every single word.

    fltof2fltof227 gün önce
  • Two of my favourite TRvision channels mentioned these deer within a few days of each other..... strange......

    Bryan KennedyBryan Kennedy27 gün önce
  • What ? No Pirates ?

    iBiana DoubtiBiana Doubt27 gün önce
  • I first saw Pere David's Deer in the Wild Animal Park in San Diego. Or was it the zoo...? It was 20 some-odd years ago so I'm not sure. What I do remember was being fascinated by the story of the deer. Your story has given me a lot more info than I was ever able to find out myself. Fascinating!!

    Lane YoungLane Young28 gün önce
  • I'd arrest the whole bunch for repeatedly interfering with a legal investigation!

    Ron HRon H28 gün önce
  • Ummm “ anti Christan” boxer rebellion?? You know well that the rebellion wasn’t against Christ. It was against the East India company and their ilk that had flooded China with opium in order to subjugate the Chinese to trade with Europe. Europe was running the trade show in China. Against the health and benefit of the Chinese.

    Andrew plackAndrew plack28 gün önce
    • THG is a shill and may also be a propagandist.

      peekaboo peekaboopeekaboo peekaboo22 gün önce
    • Nope, you are mistaken. The opium wars were 1840 and 1860, which you are referring to. The Boxer rebellion took place between 1899-1901.

      Timothy HilditchTimothy Hilditch25 gün önce
  • What a unique animal! I would love to see more videos of wildlife/land conservation history.

    Reach for the PieReach for the Pie28 gün önce
  • How very western to name an animal that already had a name in the East.

    Beej PriceBeej Price28 gün önce
  • Another great video from the history guy. Still waiting for one on Bummer and Lazarus.

    skypieperskypieper28 gün önce
  • The cause of conservation is not new and, as illustrated here so well, offers a priceless host to future generations. Humanity would do well to think about the larger implications of exterminating our entire planet between the jaws of human expansion and climate change. What we do to the planet will surely determine what happens to ourselves.

    ttystikk rocksttystikk rocks28 gün önce
  • So nice to hear a success story. Thanks!

    Tom MooreTom Moore28 gün önce
  • Thank you for this interesting story - it gives me hope for the human race that we as a animal species can save and preserve a fellow species!

    James FitchJames Fitch28 gün önce
  • Wonderful story. Thank you.

  • Such an odd creature. I'm glad they've survived.

    Salty SeawitchSalty Seawitch28 gün önce
  • Great job! Learned something tonight.

    IATSE Channel 52IATSE Channel 5229 gün önce
  • Damn Agnes. Did the tyrant king get his ass kicked?

    DavidDavid29 gün önce
  • The SS Mayaguez last Vietnam battle

    Tom OsborneTom Osborne29 gün önce
  • Some people really care about things like this.....What a blessing they are...Thanks

    steve shoemakersteve shoemaker29 gün önce
  • A horse, a donkey, a deer and a bear go into a bar... Oh wait...that's another THG episode. 😃

    ScottOScottO29 gün önce
  • Yeah..the Chinese have never been known to over hunt animals for "medicinal" purposes.... Rhino horn anyone?

    nunyanunya29 gün önce
  • I just thought of something - how about the history of concrete?

    Tom WhitesideTom Whiteside29 gün önce
  • A fabulous episode, very different from most history videos. Would you please consider doing one on the public's changing view of the dinosaur? I'm old enough to remember when it was thought that Apatosaurus lived in swamps--and was called Brontosaurus--and that T-Rexes walked fully upright.

    Berkeley HuntBerkeley Hunt29 gün önce
  • I can not understand why you do not have 1 million subs.

    Rory HertzogRory Hertzog29 gün önce
  • Physically, it reminds me of a reindeer... The antlers are a bit different.

    James LanningJames Lanning29 gün önce
  • And in Texas and other places there is conservation hunting of annually limited numbers which brings in a goosæd amount of money helping the deer to thrive better for the future and also maintain a healthy population.

    MrPh30MrPh3029 gün önce
  • I really love the way you tell a story! This has to be one of the best you've told, so please don't tell us that the legend was made up, you've made me want to believe it.

    Ian PetrieIan Petrie29 gün önce
  • Taiwan is China. 😐😐😐😐😐😐

    John DoeJohn Doe29 gün önce
  • Do the B-17 666

    TheTestCrewTheTestCrew29 gün önce
  • Love the chanel, not quite the commecials. This is quite history of the Meeloo.

    Tina McLaughlinTina McLaughlin29 gün önce
  • Cheetah are similar in that at one point, it is believed, their numbers shrank to such a small number, that all cheetah are closely related today.

    Wild Bill57Wild Bill5729 gün önce
  • The black footed ferret, and the whooping crane also got squeezed through a genetic bottleneck.

    Legally Tone DeafLegally Tone Deaf29 gün önce
  • This video shows how important zoos are 👍

    zoos.mediazoos.media29 gün önce
  • @The History Guy: History Deserves to Be Remembered . Have you ever done voice work for TOEFL study books? I was listening to a track this morning with one of my students and something felt oddly familiar. Suddenly I realized, 'That's The History Guy!' If it wasn't you then you've got a lost twin out there...

    Robert CarnochanRobert Carnochan29 gün önce
  • Nice! Please do the California Condor...

    WeedMICWeedMIC29 gün önce
  • Is mankind part of the environment or caretakers of the environment? Or a little bit of both interesting philosophical question in my opinion

    john tablerjohn tabler29 gün önce
  • Great work by the Duke, so many other species are lost now. Someone should have sent him some thylacines and some passenger pigeons too.

    tcb268tcb26829 gün önce
  • On a slightly diffrent note. It may be worth doing a video on the Winton Train. A great piece of early ww2 history

    Ellie SandersEllie Sanders29 gün önce
  • Vitus Bering, the Bering Strait and the discovery of Alaska is History that deserves to be remembered. From when Peter the Great ordered the expedition to start, what they carried across the two continents to where they built the ships, and how they found Bering Island and Alaska. Would love to hear you, The History Guy, tell the story.

    Anders JensenAnders JensenAylar önce
  • Once again, another fascinating story!

    raydunakinraydunakinAylar önce
  • Leave it to the krauts to make a species go extinct.

    Tom GreenoughTom GreenoughAylar önce
  • How about the history of the currently closed US/Canadian Boarder.

    David BrownDavid BrownAylar önce
    • That involves moose. Another strange creature. And cigarette pirates.

      Constance MillerConstance Miller28 gün önce
  • I was wondering if you could help me with something; a history event that I think deserves to be remembered. I was told as a kid about a battle between a British fleet of nine ships and an American river fort in South Carolina. The most notable event of the battle was, according to the man who told me, when the British Admiral has his pants shot off *by cannon fire*. I understand this battle happened on June 28th, 1776. Beyond that, I haven't been able to find much on it. Could you do a video on this if you know or learn anything about it?

    Jacob MoriancumerJacob MoriancumerAylar önce
  • All this story lacked was pirates

    Treetop FlyerTreetop FlyerAylar önce
Pere David's Deer