back

Meet the Pudu, the World's Smallest Cervid

This isn't a tiny deer. It’s a pudu — the world's smallest cervid. 😍 (Via Brut nature) 👉 Find more Brut videos at www.brut.media/us and our mobile app apple.co/2V4se1b

This isn’t a dwarf deer…but a totally different animal

It’s the world’s smallest cervid. Native to South America, the genus includes 2 species. Pudu mephistophiles, the lesser known ones, live in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. And pudu puda, the most common in captivity, lives in Chile and Argentina, reported by Deer of the World Organization. The genus Pudu was first erected by English naturalist John Edward Gray in 1850. Pudua was a Latinized version of the name proposed by Alfred Henry Garrod in 1877 but was ruled invalid. Pudús are classified in the New World deer subfamily Capreolinae within the deer family Cervidae. The term "pudú" itself is derived from the Mapuche people of south-central Chile. Because they live on the slopes of the Andes Mountain Range, they are also known as the "Chilean mountain goat"

The pudu puda can reach a height of 45 cm and weigh up to 13.4 kg, but its northern cousin never exceeds 35 cm and 6 kg. As they’re extremely fearful, we know very little of how they live in the wild except that they’re solitary animals with the exception of mating season. There’s no dimorphism between males and females, but males alone have antlers. They take refuge in temperate forests, where their small size and the dense vegetation allow them to hide from predators, which range from cougars to owls stated by the IUCN. The pudú is a solitary animal whose behavior in the wild is largely unknown because of its secretive nature. Pudús are crepuscular, most active in the morning, late afternoon, and evening. Their home range generally extends about 16 to 25 ha (40 to 62 acres), much of which consists of crisscrossing pudú-trodden paths. Today, the southern pudu’s population is declining and the northern pudu is too little known for its status to be determined.

Brut. Nature

08/07/2019 1:59 PM
  • 1.2m
  • 112

88 comments

  • Sara H.
    a day

    So cute

  • John W.
    a day

    Do they taste like deer? If so I will eat it.

  • Elaine H.
    a day

    I was told that a Dic Dic was the smallest deer in the world.

  • Mindy R.
    a day

    It's absolutely adorable ❤️

  • Sylvia T.
    2 days

    Gorgeous

  • Melvin L.
    2 days

    Wow never seen one of those nice looking animal

  • Sakineh S.
    3 days

    So cute

  • Rose B.
    3 days

    Cute

  • David B.
    3 days

    According to research that I read, while I was taking care of Pudus and other exotic animals, they are Cervid. So they are deer. Even though they are deer, They don't have hooves like a deer, they have toes and the have fangs more like a rat. The more you look at 1 of them, the less and less they look like a deer

  • Valerie H.
    3 days

    Awwww❣️❣️‼️

  • Kristin G.
    4 days

    u ever hear if a pudu?😂

  • Loi J.
    5 days

    Very cute!❤️ pudu ❤️

  • Darcy S.
    7 days

    what.a.concept

  • Virginia O.
    7 days

    Awww💕💕

  • Lynn J.
    01/14/2020 01:43

    How cute

  • Lynn C.
    01/13/2020 23:38

    Never knew these animals existed

  • Billy H.
    01/13/2020 22:15

    Fyi, Cervid is the Scientific word for deer sooo.....

  • Rose T.
    01/12/2020 00:10

    CUTE

  • Courtney O.
    01/11/2020 02:11

    Don't forget about these one's these ones are small too and they look like they have vampire teeth kind of... lol

  • Patrick C.
    01/08/2020 01:01

    Feral domestic dogs do terrible damage to the population. My buddy in Chile has a herd of 40 Fauna Andina