This Is the Tiniest Deer You’ll Ever See — And Probably the Cutest

Ever heard of a pudu? They're the world's smallest species of deer. They bark when they sense danger, and have a few other odd behavioral characteristics. This one was born at the Queens Zoo last month.

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This adorably tiny fawn, a male, was born May 17. He's the fourth fawn in five years born at the Queens Zoo.
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The zoo has a breeding program to fuel the growth of the pudu population. Southern pudu are native to Chile and Argentina and are designated as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
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Pudu have some odd behavioral adaptations: they bark when they sense danger and, when chased, run in a zigzag pattern to escape predators.
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Pudu are an exceptionally unique deer species; they bark when they sense danger, and although they're only about 12 to 14 inches tall, they can jump high and run fast.
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Pudu are generally shy and solitary, preferring to hide in thick vegetation. When chased, pudu run in a zigzag pattern to escape predators like owls, foxes, pumas and small cats.
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