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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.

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08/07/2019 1:59 PM
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247 comments

  • Jochen S.
    03/12/2020 02:35

    The world's smallest cervid isn't a tiny deer.

  • Brunilda M.
    03/11/2020 15:05

    They are so beautiful and rare.

  • Jeremy H.
    03/11/2020 13:31

    Bill Engvall did a skit on deer mentioning the pudu. See here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NodQ6cS_G1Y

  • Lisa B.
    03/11/2020 04:00

    Delicious to eat & get the Corona?? Leave them bush meat alone 🤣😝 looks more like it's related to a Tapir 👍😝✌

  • Vanessa Z.
    03/10/2020 18:55

    babe look 😍😍😍😍

  • Patricia K.
    03/10/2020 02:10

    Is this not adorable?

  • Eman A.
    03/05/2020 01:16

    I hope they stay alive and no company kills them for the skin

  • Joshua A.
    03/03/2020 21:00

    OMG! That deer looks so.... delicious!!! 🤤

  • Donna K.
    02/28/2020 02:24

    That's so interesting!

  • Mary A.
    02/27/2020 18:20

    Hey Tina

  • Jeannine B.
    02/26/2020 22:00

    So in other words they are exotic deer, well whatever they are they’re super cute!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • Shirley R.
    02/26/2020 18:50

    This is an extremely cute animal. I know humans can admire them,but should not try to domesticate them.I am glad that when God made different creatures he made them with different defense mechanisms to help protect their species.

  • Michael K.
    02/26/2020 11:48

    👍👍👍

  • Mufliku S.
    02/25/2020 19:37

    In Indonesia called pelanduk or kancil

  • Allan H.
    02/24/2020 22:51

    Cute little thing!

  • Tom T.
    02/23/2020 20:08

    Wow 😮 bad mommy,,, she was cheating after hours,,,

  • Mikjall R.
    02/23/2020 17:18

    A cervidae is literally a deer.

  • Mike M.
    02/23/2020 05:55

    Isn’t pudu what people in the star wars galaxy call poop?

  • Tallie F.
    02/22/2020 22:33

    Da it’s

  • Whitney A.
    02/22/2020 21:03

    cer·vid /ˈsərvəd/ nounZOOLOGY a mammal of the deer family ( Cervidae )