Meet the World's Smallest Deer, Which Barks and Runs in a Zig-Zag Pattern
The fawn will only grow up to only about 12 inches in adulthood.
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.
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.
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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