The saola was captured on a camera set up by the WWF and Vietnamese government.

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A horned, antelope-like creature known as the 'Asian unicorn' has been caught on camera in Vietnam for the first time in 15 years, according to the World Wildlife Fund.

The saola was captured by a camera set up by the WWF and the Vietnamese government. The creature, called unicorn because it is rarely seen, is one of the most threatened mammals on the planet.

The saola is so elusive that it wasn't first seen until 1992. It is seen so rarely that the wildlife community has not been able to generate a population estimate.

"This is a monumental find and comes at a critical moment in time for saola conservation," Barney Long, director of WWF's Species Conservation Program, said in a statement on the organization's website.

The saola has two long, sharp horns and white spots on its face. It's name means "spindle horns," according to the Christian Science Monitor. It is a cousin to cattle.

"These are the most important wild animal photographs taken in Asia, and perhaps the world, in at least the last decade," William Robichaud, coordinator of a saola working group within a species survival commission, said in a statement on the WWF site.

The animal was able to be captured on camera due to a program in which WWF hires members of the local community to help guard the forest to stop illegal hunting, according to the WWF.

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