NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Oh deer.

The world’s smallest deer species, a southern pudu fawn, was born at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Queens Zoo on April 29.

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The female fawn weighed one pound at birth, and could reach 20 pounds as an adult.

The young deer is still nursing but will soon transition to a diet of fresh leaves, grain, kale, carrots and hay, according to zoo officials.

Although small in stature, pudu are excellent jumpers and sprinters. They also bark when they sense danger.

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Southern pudu are native to Chile and Argentina and are designated Vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

The Queens Zoo breeds pudu as part of a cooperative breeding program designed to enhance the genetic viability and demographic stability of animal populations in zoos.

The Queens Zoo is located at 53-51 111th Street in Flushing Meadow’s Corona Park. For more information, call 718-271-1500 or visit

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