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The World’s Smallest And Most Adorable Deer Is Bouncing Around At The Queens Zoo

The Queens Zoo is home to lots of wild creatures, some big, some small…and some positively teeny. In fact, one of the tiniest babies now calls this Wildlife Conservation Society establishment home.

Born on May 12, 2015, this male pudu deer is happy, healthy, and 100% adorable. The zoo now houses three of the tiny species, which are native to Chile and are listed as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. They only grow to be about a foot tall at the shoulder. Despite their stature, these little deer are very agile. The newest member of this specific family demonstrates that particularly well…

Look at him go!

Look at him go!

He”s like a mix between a deer and a bunny…

He

This little guy make tiny stairs look like huge accomplishments!

This little guy make tiny stairs look like huge accomplishments!

Pudus are very curious critters, and like to stay hidden in brush to avoid predators.

Pudus are very curious critters, and like to stay hidden in brush to avoid predators.

They have to hide from owls, cats, foxes, and pumas. They”ll also dart about in a zigzag pattern to confuse them.

But this guy doesn”t have to worry about predators at his home, where he was bred as part of the Species Survival Program…

But this guy doesn

The Queens Zoo describes this as “a cooperative breeding program designed to enhance the genetic viability and demographic stability of animal populations in zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.”

Watch him bounce around and play with his mom!

(via Wildlife Conservation Society)

If you”d like to see this tiny deer before he starts his big boy diet of vegetation and grains, and while he still has his baby spots, head over to the Queens Zoo the first chance you get! If you can”t make it, you can visit the Wildlife Conservation Society”s website to learn more about what they do. If you”re feeling generous, you can also donate to help their causes!

Need more wild cuties? Look no further…