Pudu Deer Born In NYC Zoo: See Adorable Endangered Fawn Here [VIDEO]
"She's adjusting really well," said Wildlife Conservation Society spokesperson Barbara Russo. "She's very cute and still nursing. She will eventually transition to solid foods." Russo runs the Queens Zoo, located at Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
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According to the Queens zoo, the young little doe weighed only a pound when she was born. The pudu deer born within the wildlife conservation will share an enclosure along with her father, Hamilton, and mother, Josephine. The little fawn does not have a name yet.
Fully grown, pudu deers measure no greater than 14 inches at the shoulder, says zoo officials. Pudu deers are found in South America, specifically along the Andes Mountain range of southern Chile and southwestern Argentina. The pudu deers excel at jumping, climbing, and sprinting. When threatened, pudu deers sprint at a zig zag to throw off its predators.
Be sure to visit the Wildlife Conservation Society's Queens Zoo, located at Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Visit their official website or dial their customer service line (718) 271-1500 to learn more.
According to the Wildlife Conservation Society, the pudu deer is classified as "endangered" under the IUCN Red List. A combination of overhunting and deforestation has caused the pudu deer population to plummet significantly. As of 2010, ISIS registered institutions, mostly zoos of Europe and the U.S., keep more than 100 southern pudu deers.
Unfortunately, pudu deers are dangerously approaching extinction. In an effort to save the species, an international captive breeding program for the southern pudu dear led by Concepcion University in Chile has been started.
Finally, watch the adorable video of the pudu deer born in the Wildlife Conservation Society's Queens Zoo below:
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