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Meet the Pudu, the World's Smallest Cervid

This isn't a tiny deer. It’s a pudu — the world's smallest cervid. 😍 ([email protected]) 👉 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

395 comments

  • Inês D.
    09/14/2021 09:48

    So cute♥️💛

  • Lee H.
    08/14/2021 01:54

    the smallest deer I mentioned that was at the Toledo Zoo

  • Barbara C.
    07/23/2021 00:20

    Gorgeous

  • Fay C.
    07/21/2021 16:57

    Thanks for sharing the picture.

  • Norma V.
    07/10/2021 04:41

    Precioso y lindo gracias por compartir

  • Bakhtiar B.
    06/16/2021 03:35

    In malaysia we got the place in that names, Puduraya, Jalan Pudu, Pudu Jail...

  • Tayyab H.
    06/07/2021 11:19

    sahi naam rakkha hai iska.

  • Sue T.
    05/23/2021 18:41

    Ooh and aahh over the cute little deer but dgaf about the cow in the oven... Speciesism!

  • Waleed S.
    05/21/2021 09:01

    ....😂

  • Mithu B.
    05/14/2021 10:04

    Amazing

  • Zareem A.
    05/14/2021 02:22

    so cute

  • Akhmad A.
    05/10/2021 09:00

    In indonesia we have kancil Tragulus kanchil

  • Myrna S.
    05/06/2021 03:37

    Sweet innocence!

  • Michelle K.
    05/03/2021 04:26

    smol

  • Katharina R.
    05/02/2021 12:45

    🥰

  • Jeremy L.
    05/01/2021 22:59

    FUCK LA CHÈVRE ON S’ACHÈTE SA

  • Felipe P.
    04/30/2021 17:42

    is Pilandok not a cervid?

  • Isabella L.
    04/30/2021 16:25

    teddy??!

  • Blythe C.
    04/30/2021 16:06

    💩 💩

  • Robert C.
    04/30/2021 09:38

    Precious.