The Smallest Deer In The World Is So Cute It Hurts

A southern pudu, the world’s smallest deer was born at the Wildlife Conservatory Society’s Queens Zoo last month and she is nothing short of adorable.

1. This is the new doe, weighing in at a dainty 1 pound.

Julie Larsen Maher/Wildlife Conservation Society

2. She’s still nursing but will soon start eating leaves, grain, kale, carrots, and hay.

Via Julie Larsen Maher/Wildlife Conservation Society

3. To appreciate this adorable new addition to the world, here are some pudu facts…

4. The southern pudu is native to Chile and Argentina.

5. The endagered deer is brave: It will bark at danger and climb fallen trees.

6. They are strategic: When chased, they escape by running in a zigzag pattern.

7. Pudus are teeny at 12–14 inches tall, but are impressive jumpers, climbers, and sprinters.

8. So happy belated birthday, baby pudu! We’re so glad you’re here!!

Julie Larsen Maher/Wildlife Conservation Society

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