Thursday, March 13, 2008
World's smallest deer at Queens Zoo
The news to hit the Wildlife Conservation Society's Queens Zoo is the arrival of Josephine, the world's smallest deer and Napoleon's new mate.
Zookeepers say this imperial pair took a liking to each other almost immediately, forming a bond similar to that of their historic namesakes. While Napoleon Bonaparte shared passionate love letters with Josephine, the pudu share more practical things, such as trees for shelter and greens for food. Hopefully, this pint-sized pair, native to South America, not France, will make their own history at the Queens Zoo.
With A Pudu, Size Doesn't Matter
These guys sound like they'll adapt well to New York:
Though the pudu is part of the deer family, it has extraordinary characteristics, such as barking at danger and even climbing fallen trees. These tiny deer, which stand about 12 to 14 inches at the shoulder, are excellent jumpers, sprinters, and climbers that can run away from almost any predator.