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Pudús
Pudús

You are unlikely to spot a pudú, the smallest deer in the world, from your ship. Not only are they small, but they are famously shy and, while they have been spotted as far south as the Sarmiento Channel, they are more common farther north in Chile. The pudú grows to only 40 centimeters tall (16 inches) and weighs about 10 kilograms (22 pounds). Like other deer, they are herbivores and ruminants, sometimes standing on their hind legs to reach for fruit and berries. Due to their timidity, they forage only at night. At birth, pudús are reddish brown with white stripes, but the stripes disappear after they reach three months. The males grow tiny antlers only 10 centimeters (four inches) long, and shed them each year. Pudús tend to live solitary lives to avoid their predators, which include Andean and Magellan foxes, pumas and feral dogs.

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