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The World's Smallest Deer

My obsession with wildlife continues. And in Patagonia which I touched on earlier which is home to some of the world's best fly fishing. It is also home to the world's smallest deer, the little Pudu Deer whch at birth can fit in the palm of your hand. And when it is full grown is just about the size of a household dog, and one of its amazing talents is that it can climb trees. I know it sounds to amazing to believe. But this is just another one of the wonder's of the Patagonia.

pudu deer"ThE little pudu is one amazing deer. Pudu are the smallest species of deer on Earth. The animal is native to Argentina and Chile in South America. There are two species of pudu: the northern pudu, which stands about 12 to 14 inches tall, and the southern or Chilean pudu, which is a bit taller at 14 to 16 inches.

Like all grazing animals, pudus are vegetarians, living on a diet of grass, leaves, twigs, seeds and fallen fruit. They often have to stand on their hind legs to reach foliage. But, unlike their bigger cousins, the pudu can also climb fallen trees - a handy skill when trying to escape predators or grab a meal from on high. It also proves that bigger is not always better. " via NY Post

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