How Do You Do, Little Pudu?
September 30, 2012
A tiny female Pudu fawn was born at the Detroit Zoo on September 7 to parents T. Roy and Carol. Weighing only 2.3 pounds (1.06 kg) at birth, the diminutive deer is the fourth Pudu born at the zoo since 2008.
Due to habitat loss, Pudus are listed as Threatened by the IUCN. Many programs are underway to protect Pudus from possible extinction, including releasing Pudus born in South American zoos back to their wild habitat.
Pudus are the world's smallest deer species. Weighing only about 26 pounds and standing 15 inches at the shoulder as adults, Pudus live in South America's temperate rain forests. They feed on leaves and fruit as they move through the dense underbrush, and rarely need to drink due to the high water content of their diet. Little is konwn about Pudus in the wild, because they inhabit remote regions on mountain slopes at relatively high elevations over 6,000 feet. Despite their small size, they are agile climbers and jumpers.
Photo & Video Credits: Lee Ann Fisher & Patti Truesdell