07/08/2013 04:49 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

World's Smallest Deer Born At Queens Zoo (PHOTOS)

Queens recently welcomed an adorable new resident -- the world's smallest deer.

Weighing a mere pound at birth, the miniature doe was born last month at the Queens Zoo in New York, but the zoo waited to announce the arrival of its latest lodger until it was put on display this week.


The deer, which has yet to be named, is a southern pudu, a species that holds the title of world's tiniest deer. Also known as the Chilean pudu, the species' newborns tend to weigh nearly 2 pounds on average, and can grow to weigh anywhere between 15 and 30 pounds as an adult, according to the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

The size of a lap dog, the pudu has excellent jumping and sprinting skills and is also known to bark.

Last month, the Detroit Zoo debuted its 3-week-old pudu in a heartwarming photo showing the teeny animal with its mom.

The species of deer is currently classified as vulnerable on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Red List of Threatened Species due to population decline.

What do you think the new baby pudu should be named? Give us your suggestions in the comments!

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