World’s Smallest Deer Born in New York

    This photo provided by the Wildlife Conservation Society shows a newborn Southern pudu, native to Chile and Argentina, a member of the world's smallest deer species, that was born at the Queens Zoo last month in New York. The doe weighed 1 pound at birth. (AP Photo/Wildlife Conservation Society, Julie Larsen Maher)

    NEW YORK—A baby deer from the world’s smallest deer species was born at the Queens Zoo, wildlife officials say.

    The doe weighed 1 pound when it was born last month at the Queens Zoo. The tiny baby deer is still nursing but will soon transition to eating fresh leaves, grain and kale.

    The fawn is part of an endangered species called the Southern pudu (POO’-doo), also known as the Chilean mountain goat. They are native to Chile and Argentina.

    Pudus bark when they sense danger and they’re good jumpers, sprinters and climbers. Though small, pudus are great stategists, running in zig-zag patterns to avoid being caught by predators.

    Adult pudus grow to be 14-30 pounds in weight and 14-18 inches in height. Pudus have dark chestnut-brown coats, small black eyes, and black noses. Adult males grow a set of tiny spiked antlers, about the size of half a pencil and are shed every year.

    Pudus are considered a vulnerable species by the  International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN.) Scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society that runs the zoo are working to help preserve the deer’s native South American habitats.

    Epoch Times staff member Ivan Pentchoukov contributed to this report.