Pudu Pudu puda/u

Pudu deer
Pudu deer
Pudu deer
The Pudu is one of the world's smallest deer (the smallest true deer). Shown here is the Southern Pudu (Pudu puda/u), some 17/18 inches high at the shoulder (taller than the Lesser Mouse-deer, a chevrotain). It is native to mountain forests of southern Chile and southwest Argentina.
Pudu deer
Pudu deer
Pudu deer fawn Spotted Pudu fawn
The rarer Northern Pudu (Pudu mephistophiles) of the Andes of Peru, Ecuador and Colombia is the world's smallest true deer, up to 14 inches at the shoulder. It is taller than the smallest antelope -- the Silver Dikdik is at 12/13 inches at the shoulder and the Royal Antelope is only 10 inches.
Pudu deer horns
Pudu deer horns
Pudu deer horns
Males have small, pointed horns, shed and re-grown annually. Unlike some other small deer, they do not have extended canine tusks.
Pudu deer
Pudu deer
Pudu deer
They are solitary or live in pairs and are crepuscular. Above shows the usual view (if seen at all) of this shy and secretive deer. They are endangered by hunting and deforestation.