While my hunting cohorts would gladly testify I’ve harvested the world’s smallest deer in seasons past, they’d be wrong. A new frontrunner easily claims the title: an endangered southern pudu weighing only one pound was born Monday at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Queens Zoo.
The little doe has yet to receive a name, but is doing well in the company of its parents, according to the New York Daily News.
“She’s adjusting really well,” said Barbara Russo, a spokeswoman for the Wildlife Conservation Society, which runs the zoo, located at Flushing Meadows Corona Park. “She’s very cute and still nursing. She will eventually transition to solid foods.”
Native to Chile and Argentina, the southern pudu are small and agile–they’re known to be jumpers, climbers, and sprinters. Full grown, the doe will weigh around 20 pounds and be 12 to 14 inches tall at the shoulder.