PHOTO: Southern pudu fawn, world’s smallest deer, born at Queens Zoo

A southern pudu fawn, the world's smallest deer, was born at the Queens Zoo last month.

worlds smallest deer pudu A southern pudu fawn was born at the Queens Zoo last month.
Credit: Julie Larsen Maher/Wildlife Conservation Society

 

A southern pudu fawn, the world's smallest deer, was born at the Queens Zoo last month.

 

The fawn weighed about one pound when she was born on April 29, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society, which runs the zoo. She could reach 20 pounds as an adult.

 

She is still nursing, but the fawn will eventually eat a diet of fresh leaves, grain, kale, carrots and hay, according to the zoo. Southern pudu are native to Chile and Argentina, designated as a "vulnerable" species due to habitat loss and other threats.

 

When they sense danger, pudu will bark. They stand only 12 to 14 inches tall at the shoulder, but are good jumpers and sprinters.

"What the pudu lacks in size, it makes up in strategy," according to a release from the Queens Zoo. "They are generally shy and solitary, preferring to hide in thick vegetation. When chased, pudu run in a zig-zag pattern to escape predators including owls, foxes, pumas, and small cats."

The Queens Zoo breeds pudu as part of a cooperative breeding program.

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