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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

73 comments

  • Adam W.
    09/14/2019 03:52

    🥺🥺

  • Ann J.
    09/06/2019 14:46

    Jari VH 😍

  • Rajeev M.
    09/05/2019 16:35

    Wow so cuteee love you

  • Jasmin U.
    09/04/2019 21:43

    😍

  • Jasmin K.
    09/04/2019 20:43

    heylieeee 😍😍😍

  • Robyn V.
    09/02/2019 15:24

    So cute 😍

  • JX O.
    09/01/2019 02:53

    Rusa in Malay name

  • Ferani Y.
    09/01/2019 01:24

    smol!

  • Elise C.
    08/31/2019 07:12

    Is this mousedeer?

  • Chloe L.
    08/30/2019 12:20

    Lewis Bickerton-Cole

  • Nicolás O.
    08/28/2019 10:04

    jajajajaja pudu puda

  • Tiffish P.
    08/28/2019 05:48

    I thought you might like PUDUS

  • Jeremy E.
    08/28/2019 00:54

    babe have u met Egg the deer doge?

  • Tyler B.
    08/28/2019 00:26

    I want one as a pet!!!

  • Maria K.
    08/27/2019 22:22

    😍

  • Daria F.
    08/27/2019 16:25

    *-*

  • Amal H.
    08/27/2019 14:56

    😭😭😭

  • Julio N.
    08/27/2019 13:14

    quien será? 🥰

  • Pang P.
    08/27/2019 11:32

    จิ้มลิ้มพริ้มเพรา

  • Sachin S.
    08/27/2019 09:52

    are you a pudu?

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