SAITAMA (TR) – Throngs of visitors flocked to a zoo in Higashi-Matsuyama City on Sunday to view Japan’s first exhibit of pudu, the world’s smallest deer.
A zoo official told the Sankei Shimbun they “hope everyone will come see how cute they are.”
The four pudu consist of two 3-year-old males and two females, a 2-year-old and 1-year-old.
A huge crowd of children were gathered in front of the exhibit before the launch, and erupted into excitement when the tiny deer peeked out of the bushes.
Pudu are a species of South American deer found in the likes of Colombia, Chile and Argentina that grow up to 80 centimeters long and weigh as much as 10 kilograms.