5 Interesting Facts About Southern Pudus

Southern Pudu

Here is a male southern pudu showing off his antlers

Today I want to write about one of the cutest animals in the world, the southern pudu.

Here are five interesting facts about them:

  1. These guys only grow to about 45 cm tall and 85 cm long, making them one of the smallest species of deer in the world.
  2. Male southern pudu grow little antlers that are only 10 cm long and are shed once a year.
  3. They mainly eat young leaves, new shoots, fruit and berries, often standing up on their back legs to reach higher branches.
  4. They live by themselves and are very wary of predators, which include feral dogs, horned owls, Andean foxes, Magellan foxes, pumas and other species of cats.
  5. Southern pudu are found in the forests of the Andes in Argentina and Chile.  They are considered vulnerable to extinction due to hunting, collection for zoos and the pet trade, road accidents, competition with wild pigs and habitat loss.

I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.

Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about southern pudu?

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