Tiny, Barking, Kale-Eating Deer Born at Queens Zoo

By Katie Honan on July 8, 2013 2:56pm 

 The southern pudu doe was born at the Queens Zoo.
The southern pudu doe was born at the Queens Zoo.
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Julie Larsen Maher

QUEENS — Doe, a really tiny, kale-eating deer.

The city's largest borough has added a tiny new resident — a rare baby deer that is also one of the world's smallest.

The doe, who has not yet been given a name, was born weighing only a pound at the Queens Zoo. The southern pudu could weigh as much as 20 pounds when it becomes an adult, and will start on a healthy diet of kale, carrots and hay when it finishes nursing.

The southern pudu, which is a vulnerable species, is native to Chile and Argentina. Despite their small size, they are excellent jumpers, sprinters, and climbers, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society.

The animals also bark when they sense danger and run in a strategic zig-zag pattern when they are being chased.

The pudu is currently on display at the zoo, which is located at Flushing Meadows Corona Park. It's open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

 The baby deer is on display at the zoo.
The baby deer is on display at the zoo.
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Julie Larsen Maher

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