Meet the magical and wonderful animal pudu – the tiniest and cutest deer in the world

These tiny deer are roughly the size of a domestic dog and are the world’s smallest species of deer.

The pudu is divided into two species, both of which are found in South America.

Meet the magical and wonderful animal pudu – the tiniest and cutest deer in the world

The northern pudu is endemic to Peru, Venezuela, Ecuador, and Colombia, whereas the southern pudu is native to Argentina and Chile.

They can reach vegetation by standing on their rear legs or, unlike their bigger deer kin, by climbing trees when necessary.

Pudus are wary creatures who are constantly on the lookout for predators.

When they are pursued, they run in a zigzag pattern, making them more difficult to catch by larger predators.

Meet the magical and wonderful animal pudu – the tiniest and cutest deer in the world

They are also capable of climbing and jumping when necessary.

These lonely animals live in deep South American woods, where they create a sophisticated network of trails to assist them to negotiate the undergrowth.

Pudus are only observed together during mating, which is usually in the fall, before giving birth to one or two fawns in the spring.

Male pudus, like their larger deer cousins, are distinguished by their antlers.

Meet the magical and wonderful animal pudu – the tiniest and cutest deer in the world

Their lifetime is typically between 8 and 10 years, however this is at danger due to a variety of external reasons such as habitat degradation and illnesses and parasites obtained from domestic dogs.

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