A Small Addition
May 16, 2014
Say hello to our newest, and smallest, pudu! Born on April 29 at the Queens Zoo, the young fawn weighed one pound at birth.
It’s no surprise. The southern pudu is the world’s smallest deer species. On a steady diet of fresh leaves, grain, kale, carrots and hay, this youngster will top out around 20 pounds as an adult.
But pudu make up for their lack in size in other ways. If they sense danger, pudu will let out a loud bark. They are also stellar climbers , jumpers and sprinters. And when they’re chased by a predator, pudu run in a zig-zag pattern to escape.
The pudu at the zoo are part of the Species Survival Program, as they are designated Vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in the pudu’s native Chile and Argentina. Using research and conservation practices, WCS is working in these countries to grapple with habitat loss and other threats.
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