Guide to Patagonia's Monsters & Mysterious beings

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Friday, December 18, 2009

Pudu Pudu - World's smallest deer


weird but real animals

Pudu pudu (Pudu Puda)

The world’s smallest deer lives in the Patagonian forests. It stands only 38 cm (15 in.) high at the shoulder and 85 cm (2.8 ft.) long ; it weighs about 10 kg (22 lb.). Males have small antlers barely 10 cm (4 in.) long.

Pudu is a very vulnerable species and only a few thousand of them survive in the open.

They are also unique because they can go a long time without drinking water, getting the needed moisture from plants.

Pudu Pudu. By Eduardo Ramilo.

Further reading:

Cites. Pudu Pudu (English)
Ecología y conservación del Pudú Pudu (Pudu Puda, Molina 1782). (Spanish).

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