The smallest deer species in the world, these tiny creatures are similar in size to a domestic dog.
Pudu live mostly in South America and they have 2 distinct species.
The southern pudu is native to Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, and Peru. And northern pudu is found in Chile and Argentina.
These animals only have a height of 30 to 40 centimeters.
Like the majority of grazing animals, pudus are vegetarians and eat only grass, leaves, falling fruit, and seeds.
Unlike their bigger deer relatives, they can climb trees when necessary or stand on their rear legs to reach leaves.
Pudus are wary creatures that are constantly on the lookout for potential predators. When pursued, they sprint in a zigzag pattern that makes them more difficult for larger predators to catch.
When necessary, they are also excellent climbers and jumpers.
These lonely creatures are located in the thick jungles of South America, where they create a sophisticated network of trails to aid them in navigating the undergrowth.
Pudus are only found together while mating, which usually takes place in the fall before they give birth to one or two fawn in the spring.
Male Pudus are distinguished by their antlers, just like their larger deer counterparts.
Their typical lifetime is 8 to 10 years, but this is in jeopardy owing to a number of outside influences, including habitat degradation, infections, and parasites they can catch from domestic dogs.
Video Pudu fawn is just 5 days old