The Smallest Deer

The Smallest Deer

There is a cute, tiny deer named Pudu that is Bambi's smaller cousin and the world's smallest deer.

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The smallest species of deer in the world is the Pudu and they are really cute to look at. Their size is part of the reason why people take such a keen interest in them. They are just over a foot tall when they are fully grown. The males do grow antlers but due to the small body size of these animals, they are only several inches in length.

They weigh from 26 to 30 pounds when they are fully grown with the males being larger than the females. They have reddish-brown coloring on their bodies with the face being a deeper color than the rest of the body. Their fur is long and coarse which is different from what most deer species offer.

These deer live in areas that offer them a warm climate including Ecuador, Peru, Chile, and Argentina. They live in the dense forest areas but often come out to the open plains to find food.

We don’t know very much about the Pudu Deer in a natural habitat setting. They seem to be very secretive in their movements to reduce the risk of predators finding them. They are known to live a solitary life though other than for mating purposes and for raising their young. They leave huge piles of dung though as a way of marking their territory.

Most people will never see the Pudu Deer in the wild due to the way it hides and the low number of them. Yet there are humans with a fascination for this small deer and they set out to hunt it. They want the challenge of finding a deer that is hard to come by. They also like the idea of successfully hunting an animal that few other people will have the chance to.

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