PUDU —Worlds Smallest Deer
©rhubarbed and ungulate dave
Location: South America
Very shy and easily startled, a popular rumor is that if alarmed to a high degree pudús die from fear-induced cardiac complications.
Pudu are 32 to 44 centimeters (13 to 17 in) high at the shoulder and up to 85 centimeters (33 in) in length. Pudús normally weigh up to 12 kilograms (26 lb)
Females and fawns peel bark from saplings using their teeth while mature males may use their spikelike antlers.
The deer may use their front legs to press down on saplings until they snap or become low enough to the ground so that the pudús can reach the leaves.
Forced to stand on their hind legs due to their small size, the deer climb branches and tree stumps to reach higher foliage
They bend bamboo shoots horizontally in order to walk on them and eat from higher branches.
Their home range generally extends about 16 to 25 hectares (40 to 62 acres)
Fact Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pud%C3%BA#cite_note-Bristol_Zoo-11