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Chilean Pudu
(Pudu pudu)

Habitat: dense bamboo understory of temperate rain forests, from sea level to 5,500 feet
Range: Southern Chile and Argentina
Natural Diet: fruit, vegetation, grasses

Status In The Wild: Threatened

Fun Animal Facts
The pudu is the smallest of the deer family. With its short legs and small, low-slung body, it can easily move through dense vegetation and among rocks to escape predators. When pursued, the pudu will run in a zigzag pattern and will climb trunks of trees that are leaning over streams or bluffs to escape. When threatened, they will bark an alarm. like the deer, pudu are ruminants. After feeding, they lie in a sheltered area and chew their cud.

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