Introducing the Pudú, a deer as cute as its name. A deer who looks like a baby, and whose babies look like baby babies. 

The pudú (or pudu) is also the smallest species of deer, being only about 40cm tall and 80cm long. They are endangered due to the destruction of their rainforest habitat. 

Pudus were requested by resonanteye, who says “I read that they eat roses and hazelnuts, but that sounds too cute, even for pudus.”

Image credit: Edinburgh Zoovideo, Christina Wildson, Odense zoo.

This tiny pudu deer was born on May 12, 2015 at the Wildlife Conservation Society Queens Zoo in New York. Belonging to the world’s smallest deer species, this southern pudu deer (Pudu puda) will grow to be just 12 to 18 inches (30 to 46 cm) tall at the shoulder.
image by Julie Larsen Maher © WCS                                      

Appreciation post for tiny deer and deer-like species


Mouse deer~

Of course, dik-diks~
I will punch your dick if you make jokes about how dik-dik is pronounced I swear to our deer lords I’m not even joking


Pudú (Pudu)

The pudús are two subspecies of South American deer from the genus Pudu, and are the world’s smallest deer. The two species of pudús are the northern pudú (Pudu mephistophiles) from Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru, and the southern pudú (Pudu puda) from southern Chile and southwestern Argentina. Pudús range in size from 32 to 44 cm tall, and up to 85 cm long. As of 2009, both species are classified as “Endangered” in the IUCN Red List. The pudú is a solitary animal whose behavior in the wild is largely unknown because of its secretive nature. Pudús are crepuscular, most active in the morning, late afternoon, and evening. Each pudú has its own home range, or territory. Pudús do not interact socially, other than to mate. An easily frightened animal, the deer barks when in fear. The pudús are herbivorous, consuming vines, leaves from low trees, shrubs, succulent sprouts, herbs, ferns, blossoms, buds, tree bark, and fallen fruit. They can survive without drinking water for long periods due to the high water content of the succulent foliage in their diets.

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