Who knew? Pudú!

It has come to my atten-shons that some of you were not aware that The Pudu exists. I love it when new species come out of the woodwork to kill us with their adorabuhlness—here is Pudu 101.

First, they’re spotted, prosh and the world’s smallest deer:

Second, pudús normally weigh up to 12 kilograms (26 pounds.)

Third, they have small, black eyes, black noses, and rounded ears with lengths of 7.5 to 8 centimeters (3.0 to 3.1 inches.)

Lastly, they live in bamboo thickets (imagining Disney movie now) to hide from predators. They also LOVE Cute Overload Xtreme Close-ups:


Oh, and here’s a ten-day-old one IN ACT-SHONS:


Pudú facts via Wikipedia especially for RSA. Pudu in the Grass via Sunnydownstuff. Pudú snorfing zoo rocks by Patti Panda. Pudú with mouth ajar by WFTV.com. 10-day-old Pudu video by Patti Panda. ONE DAY OLD Pudu video By Woodland Park Zoo.



  1. (The Original) Mel says:

    OMG Pudus!!!!!1!!1!

  2. My squeals of joy got more and more high pitched as I scrolled down. And then the one day old video killed me dead.

  3. O-M-GOSH !!!!
    That video was from a zoo in MY state !!!!!
    I believe a fact finding mission is called for STAT !
    Who wants to go ?? We can have “Dicks” for lunch!

  4. *le sigh* Yet another animal to add to my so-adorable-I-have-to-have-one-of-my-very-own-to-snorgle-in-my-home-zoo list.

  5. looks like a cross between a pig and a deer


  7. Wait till Meg discovers mousedeers (or chevrotains) which are native to my country. They are the smallest hoofed animals in the world! And I daresay one of the cutest 😀

  8. The little wobbly hind legs keel me.

  9. That’s the Power of Pudu!
    Who do?
    You do!
    Do what?
    Remind me of the babe!

    (Labyrinth… anyone?)

  10. Leetle dainty feets
    Soft black almond eyes
    Tiny shiny nosicle
    Dappled spots on tawny brown
    Exploring this big new world.

    Oh Pudú
    you do
    that cute Voodoo
    to me.

  11. I think the Pu is for pig, and the Du is deer because it just looks to me like a cross between those two animals.

    Next, I would like to see a Kudu (kitten crossed with duckling) and then a Rupupu (red panda crossed with regular panda). Maybe also a duyu (donkey crossed with yorkie). The cute possibilities are endless.

  12. It’s so stimulating being your hat.

  13. 😯

  14. [suddenly hears Harvey Corman line from “Blazing Saddles”, telling the bandits, etc. to go attack Rock Ridge……]

  15. “The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer”

  16. “That’s HeadLEY!!

  17. I was thinking the exact same thing!! I haven’t been to that zoo, any zoo, in sooooo long. Probably nothing like it was twenty…or thirty years ago.

  18. Oooh, I love this little creature! Such a cutie pie. Meg, you are an excellent Professor of Proshness. I look forward to the next class…

  19. Gigi (the original one) says:

    OMG! The one day old baby trying to control it’s legs and the mama licking it!
    Love it! Love it! Loooooove it!

  20. Heavens! If Bambi and Wilbur the pig had a love child, it’d look just like that one-day-old Pudú!!!

    I am smitten!

  21. Lewis n' Clark says:

    “Oh, Mooooommmm, stop leeking me..peeples are looking!”

  22. wow. i can’t believe i didn’t know about pudu’s.

  23. Pudu..that’s the sound my brain just made, looking at these pictures!

  24. I’ll probably just grab something from the concession stand . . .

  25. Yay!

    Who’s the guy who looks like Ed Begley Sr.? Because I don’t think it’s him.

  26. I just puked rainbows.

  27. O NO He/ She/ It DI-unt!!! says:

    “Let’s face it, Ah’m tahr-d!!!111!!!” — M Kahn, as Marlene Dietrich

  28. O NO He/ She/ It DI-unt!!! says:

    Also, (bebeh) Pudus are quite skilled at befuddled facial expressions.

  29. Five-time-Jeopardy champ/travel writer/political commentator Bob Harris used to do Friday Pudublogging back in the glory days of blogs, before it got all commercialized.

    He is best known for his “Know Your Pudu” diagram, which I would embed if I knew how. (Admin, please hope me.)

  30. Hrrmm. This was supposed to be a top-level comment, not a reply.

  31. Would you believe I have that whole song on regular play on my iPod?

    “They keep coming and going
    And going and coming
    And always too soon.”

    “Tell me, cowboy, what’s your name?”
    “Tex, ma’am.”
    “Well, Tex Ma’am, are you in show business?”
    “No, ma’am.”
    “The get your fwiggin’ feet off the stage!”

  32. BTW, that first link above is what Cute Overload would be if NTMTOM ran the asylum, and it was all ungulates, all the time.

  33. Sorta makes me think of a leetle tapir.

  34. At the risk of repeating myself (because I screwed up earlier):

    Know Your Pudu, courtesy of five-time Jeopardy champ, Bob Harris.

    It got buried earlier, and it’s the most adorable thing. “Scare expressors,” indeed.

  35. This is seriously THE cutest thing I have ever seen. Ever.

  36. Actually, the kudu exists, but it’s not a kitten/duckling cross.


  37. “They give you Bywon and Shelley
    And jump on your belly
    and bust your balloons!” 😆

    “Why don’t you . . . woosen your buwwets?”

  38. Don’t they? Shall we call them “deegs” or “peer”? Or some kind of cross between a little hog and a deer or fawn, like “dog”? (Oh that one’s taken.)

  39. warrior rabbit says:

    Fawg? Coming in on little cat feet?

  40. warrior rabbit says:

    Trinkets! Heh.

  41. Baby, . . . that’s my arm.

  42. Oh Theresa, to the snickering lounge with you ! I’ll explain while we get our drinks. “Dicks” is a burger institution here in Seattle. They have two types of burgers a one patty & a two patty. You get it their way only.
    All you do is order how many you want. Fresh cut right in the window fries (only one size) It’s just a little burger stand with no seating unless you sit in your car & the burgers are like a couple of bucks for a double patty burger with lettuce mayo & relish. It’s down the street from a college in a hip slightly bohemian area where the people watching is a major experience if you can resist all the cute little shops.

  43. that is one of my personal favorite ditties. tombstone worthy, i say.


  45. WIN!!!

  46. paulajeanne says:

    to me it sort of looked like a capybara too

  47. Yay! I love Dicks! It’s the fastest food evah! You hand them two dollahs they hand you a boigah! Just like that!

    Oh em gee…that means the PUDUS are RIGHT HERE in SEATTLE!!! Squee!!!!!

  48. Oh, no, STOP! You’ve got me this close to believing there is a God.

  49. Agreed, only with a cuter face. Same adorable stubby legs, though.

  50. Break out the paint, people, and color me owned!!

  51. Hey Meg, is animals who walk on their tippy toes a rule of cuteness?? If not, IT SHOULD BE!!!!

  52. OMG – soooo cute. I actually squealed in delight! Pudus are the cutest animal ever!

  53. Put them with some Dik-Diks and watch the zoo patrons die en masse.

  54. Martha in Washington says:

    That was my first thought too!! Imagine–Pudus in Seattle! Who knew? Well, obviously I didn’t .

  55. “Meeting is adjourned. Oh, I’m sorry, Governor; you say that.”
    “Meeting is adjourned.”
    “It is?”

  56. Martha in Washington says:

    When a mommy deer and a daddy pig love each other very much…

  57. Martha in Washington says:

    I love me some Cary Grant! (he’s in my ISEDH.)

  58. while you’re doing new species you could review the ili pika! Cuest animal ever.

  59. That’s it! I do hereby declare that I’m gonna open a sanctuary for all the wee animals of CO…funding could be a problem though…maybe a bake sale? How does peanut butter brownies and creme brûlée sound for starters? Any takers?

  60. Me too! No,. wait, I NEEEEEED one. Nao!

  61. I’ll comment. And this IS a top-level comment! Who’da thunk it the super-smart Jeopardy guy is a CO kinda guy! That’s pretty dang sexy if you ask me.

    Smart’s good and all, but being a gentle soul coupled with a goofy sense of humor? Drooool…so sexy.

  62. Andi in NC says:


  63. Andi in NC says:

    I’m in – happy to bake, buy, and/or eat…..

  64. Do they sell Pudu burgers?

  65. Mommy dearest… No…wire…hangars.

  66. OM I want one; I want one; I want one !!!!!!!!!!

  67. and Christina its hangers do you hear me hangers. All of this is coming out. Out.Out Out.Out.Out

  68. Chris Baldwin’s “Little Dee” webcomic has an occasional pudú. Between appearance and behavior, he’s probably the cutest character, and that’s saying something.

  69. Archie Leach, just doesn’t have the same ring to it.
    Archie Leach…Cary Grant’s real name.

  70. “Stop, moooom! my hair’s supposed to be that way!”

  71. S/he is too cute to be real!!!

  72. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again:


    More hoofers! More hoofers! More hoofers!

    I likes ‘dem.

  73. If you knew Pudu like I know Pudu
    Oh, oh, oh, what a girl
    There’s none so classy
    As this fair lassie…

  74. someone supposedly sent a telegram: “how old Cary Grant?” He answered: “Old Cary Grant fine. How you?” (his greatest moment)

  75. The Woodland Park Zoo also has dik-diks, not to be confused with the burger joint ‘dick’s’ mentioned earlier, dik-diks are small antelopes that stand about a foot+ tall. If you live in the area and have not visited the zoo recently, you are doing yourself a disservice.
    Also, the Pudu deer are located right next to the Red Pandas, imagine the cuteness potential and try not to explode.

  76. How about a bear, a beaver, a bumblebee and a duck? Boo-boo-bee-do …

  77. The feets … aieeeeee, the feets …

  78. I’m going to call them “deer-dogs”… because there is a lot of puppiness in that fawn.

  79. Of course he is.

  80. LOL “Calvin and Hobbes” flashback to Crisco-in-the-hair for school pictures episode . “Is it cool? Is it New Wave?” LOL

  81. Dik-Diks, also not to be confused with Yip-Yips.

  82. That’s the first time I’ve seen a photo, but thanks to the now-ended comic strip “Little Dee” by Chris Baldwin, I did actually know about pudus. And their adorableness.


  83. Pudu! Pudu! Pudu! Pudu! Pudu! Pudu! Pudu! Pudu!

    I knew there’d be another Little Dee fan around here somewhere.

    Lettuce! Lettuce! Lettuce! Lettuce! Lettuce! Lettuce!

  84. OMG I WANT ONE!!!!!

    Sorry for yelling, I was overcome with bliss at the sight of this cutie. 😉

  85. Fleurdamour says:

    I got snorfed by a deer on Fire Island in NY once – I was holding a loaf of bread for a cookout and he came out of the trees and poked me with his nose until I gave him some. He acted more like a German Shepherd than anything with hooves.

  86. Fleurdamour says:

    I expect to see a craze for these in Japan. They have just the right prosh cuteness.

  87. LOL

    Deer — they’re just the dogs of the forest.

    And kangaroos are the deer of Ozzieland, and seals are the deer-dogs of the sea.

  88. At 26 pounds, I think one of them would fit quite nicely into my home. Want!

  89. Omg the prosh walkingks at 0:35 in the second vid…

    HOW small must this deer be, if an adult weighs 12 lbs! Cat size!

  90. yes! the tiny pointy hooves!

  91. That’s some serious competition for the Dik-dik in the category of tiny-cute-deers.

  92. My bad – Dik-diks are antelopes, not deers.

  93. But did you leave a contribution in the little box?

  94. fatgrammafinn says:

    i am planting a bamboo thicket as i type (multitasking). please send me my Pudus by express mail. enclosed find elebentyseben dollarz and yellow centseseses..

  95. fatgrammafinn says:

    burgers for pudus? if pudus EAT burgers they leave behind*snerk* ZooDoo

  96. There is One God. He is the Creator of all things wise and wonderful, all creatures great and small.

  97. Alexandra Noelle says:

    It’s like, what happens when you add cute pig nose+ deer spotted torso + Dogish face + cute wobbly legs = Pudu! It seriously looks like a dog inside a deer with a snout 🙂 but cute! I want one…

  98. Alexandra Noelle says:

    It’s like, what happens when you add cute pig nose+ deer spotted torso + Dogish face + cute wobbly legs = Pudu! It seriously looks like a dog inside a deer with a pig snout 🙂 but cute! I want one…

  99. Alexandra Noelle says:

    woopsy. my bad for posting 2 times

  100. Angela, the same exact thing happened to me….. LOL How freakin’ adorable can you get??? I want to cuddle one!! 😀 Squee!!

  101. I loved that show. 🙂

  102. @laura: thnkx, thnkx, thnkx very muchly for your comment;
    (It has been a loooooooong time since somebody wrote this
    and it cheers me up Big Time………!) ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

  103. WOW ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!? How many other adorable species are out there that I don’t know about???? I mean come on, even the name is cute! “Pudu”??? I must see one in person!

  104. We are waiting…. for pictures…..

  105. And the cool thing is that he was able to use his Jeopardy winnings to travel to the Andes and visit pudu sanctuaries and see pudus in the wild.

    Speaking of “in the wild,” how come I never meet women “in the wild” who drool over smart men who are CO kinds of guy with a goofy sense of humor?

  106. Good Lord! He is for me, too.

    I’m a heterosexual male, and when I realized I was hot for Cary Grant, I thought, “Ah, well, it’s okay. Because it can never be.”

    Then I read some non-authorized biographies of Cary Grant, and I got confused all over again.

    Have I gone way over the Cute Overload remit?

  107. Personally, I don’t drool over them because I have been married to a smart man who’s a CO kinda guy with a really, really, stupid/goofy sense of humor for 22 years now. 🙂

  108. You are sooo welcome, cheshirekittehkat! 🙂

  109. Fleurdamour says:

    They’d make a perfect animated film – Little Dears.

  110. BOB ROCKS THE MOST! I’ve alerted him to previous pudu-esque postings on CO, and he’s been most appreciative…

  111. First of all… I´m a fan of this website…. I want you to know that the PUDU is not a new species and that is a very important animal in my country, Chile.
    I read a few comments and I was ver angry with the ones that want a Pudu like a dog, because the Pudu is a very delicate animal and in Chile the law protects them and it is prohibited the capture or having one . In Chile we respect them a lot… I was a sad when I read some disrespectful comments.
    Thank you

  112. I’m offended that Chileans apparently don’t like dogs. Dogs deserve respect, too.

  113. ElizabethMc says:


    OMG!!! Extreme cute factor (ECF) 50+

    Is it just me, or does everyone else want to cuddle one?