World's Tiniest Hoofed Mammal Born at Prague Zoo
December 19, 2015
A tiny Lesser Mouse-Deer was born on November 1 at the Prague Zoo. This species is the smallest of all known hoofed mammals. Adults have bodies about the same size as rabbits, have legs the size of pencils, and weigh only about four pounds.
Photo Credit: Prague Zoo
Mouse-Deer fawns usually stand within 30 minutes of birth, an important survival tactic for these leaf-eating animals. Females will safely tuck their fawns into the brush and leave them hidden while they go out to feed. Fawns are weaned when three to four months old, and are sexually mature at about six months.
This fawn is the second born at the Prague Zoo since they acquired Lesser Mouse-Deer in 2011. Also known as Lesser Malay Chevrotains, this species is found across Southeast Asia. The wild population is not well studied, but for now, Lesser Mouse-Deer are not under significant threat.