The Pudú, originating from South America are the worlds smallest type of deer, standing at just 14 inches tall.

baby pudu deer

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Unfortunately since 2009 they’ve been classified as endangered due to overhunting and habitat loss and as they are highly susceptible to diseases such as bladder worms, lungworms, roundworms, and heartworms.

Their small stature and cautions nature also presents problems in scavenging for food, but they typically consume vines, leaves from low trees, shrubs, succulent sprouts, herbs, ferns, blossoms, buds, tree bark, and fallen fruit.

pudu deer next to rock

pudu deer kiss

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pudu vine eating

Thankfully the World Wildlife Foundation are doing what they can to ensure the continuation of these little guys, purchasing land to specifically refuge the Pudú.

pudu and a cat

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