World’s smallest deer born at Queens Zoo
The still-unnamed female was born April 29, the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Queens Zoo announced Friday.
The world’s smallest deer species, pudu puda bark when danger is near.
“What the pudu lacks in size, it makes up in strategy,” the zoo said.
“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.”
Pudu are bred at the Queens Zoo as part of the Species Survival Program. Native to Chile and Argentina, the tiny creatures have been designated Vulnerable.
Another equally aw-inducing pudu was born at the zoo last May.
By Samantha Tata