Meet the World's Smallest Deer, Which Barks and Runs in a Zig-Zag Pattern

Playing Meet the World's Smallest Deer That Was Just Born

Ever hear of a tiny, barking deer?

A male southern pudu fawn was born at the Wildlife Conservation society at New York's Queens Zoo last month.

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In addition to being the world’s smallest species of deer — growing to only 12 to 14 inches tall at adulthood — pudu fawn are also known to bark when they sense danger, and run in a zig-zag pattern to escape predators.

Characteristic of newborn deer, the unnamed fawn was born with white spots he will eventually outgrow as he grows older.

According to a press release, the species is native to Chile and Argentina.

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The fawn’s birth was part of a larger breeding initiative to build more stable populations in zoos.

Southern pudus are facing habitat loss and predation by local wildlife.

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