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Jun 01, 2008

"Pudu"—sounds like a short name for a Hollywood couple

Um, "Pudu"?! I LOVE IT when new species of animals come out of the woodwork to kill us with their adorabuhlness!

Have you ever HEARD of a "Pudu"? Even the name is prosh. Here is a pair o' pudus at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle.


And get a load of the close-up, People. You can't handle the Pudu.


Libbie M., you win some kind of C.O. award for bringing this new animal to our attensche.

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oh my goodness
they are like stuby little adorable deer but not!
Look at that squashed little bambi!

 |  Jun 01, 2008 at 03:10 PM

I thought "pudu" was a Huttese word for "fodder." But I'm a tremendous geek that way.

 |  Jun 01, 2008 at 03:13 PM


Also, wasn't "pudu!" something one of the characters said in star wars, ep. 1?
...I am a nerd.

 |  Jun 01, 2008 at 03:13 PM

So adorable! Like deer with bear-y faces almost XD The behbeh is so kyoot! *snorgles*

Annie J
 |  Jun 01, 2008 at 03:15 PM

Bob Harris (a wonderful writer, traveler, and "Jeopardy!" champ) is a longtime fan of the pudu and other pudu-like creatures. In fact, the pudu is his site's mascot:

J. Bo
 |  Jun 01, 2008 at 03:16 PM

Nerds unite!

And um, so Bambi and a wombat made sweet, sweet family safe love eh?

 |  Jun 01, 2008 at 03:17 PM

You do that Pudu that you do so well.... Sigh...I am such a spaz.

 |  Jun 01, 2008 at 03:18 PM

I feel all ahead of the curve, being a long time reader of Bob Harris' blog. Pudus totally rule.

 |  Jun 01, 2008 at 03:18 PM

I feel lame for being a biologist and not knowing about these little guys... but I *loves* them!!

 |  Jun 01, 2008 at 03:40 PM

14" high wittle dears! South America has the qteness!!!


 |  Jun 01, 2008 at 03:45 PM

I used to visit the pudu all the time at the LA Zoo, where it's always hot and you're always walking uphill. An ex-BF and I adored them, and he came up with a great band name: Spunky Pudu. But I've never seen a baby until now. I'm even more in love with them.

Apropos of nothing, the new Eddie Izzard show is fantastic, and they sell shirts that say "I'm covered with bees." After paying for the tickets, I couldn't afford a shirt. Don't miss the tour if you can help it, and definitely grab a shirt!

 |  Jun 01, 2008 at 03:47 PM

Oh my! I juss wanna moosh their faces in my hands and juss pop the bebeh in my mouf!! (Have you guys ever seen me? I have a big mouf!!! I can stick my whole fist in there...so it is possible!!!) Oh an' I also wanna play CONNECT THA DOTS!!! I see a lambie eating dandielions!!! :D

Juniper Jupiter
 |  Jun 01, 2008 at 03:55 PM

The bebeh's shading makes it look like he's wearing a shawl. Or a shell. Mock tortoise shell? Hey, it's tewtally the Alice in Wonderland illustration.

Raemie L.
 |  Jun 01, 2008 at 03:59 PM

OMG the tail~ the baby tail i'm gonna crack!

 |  Jun 01, 2008 at 04:02 PM

This is off point but I just received my Ape-stract painting from Cheetah! (Yes that one from Tarzan!) It's gorgeous! Below is a link to the C.H.E.E.T.A.H. sanctuary. You too can own a one of a kind painting by one of Hollywood's most famous stars! (It's actually better than a lot of "human" art!) And Meg, several seriously prosh monkey pics!

 |  Jun 01, 2008 at 04:07 PM

First thing I said when I saw the little guy... "Awwww, Bubbles!" Don't know why.

 |  Jun 01, 2008 at 04:51 PM

That is not real! No way you can get so cute of a stubbular deer like baby, with perfect spots and all. *checks for stick coming out of the belly*

 |  Jun 01, 2008 at 05:15 PM

"Pudu" is a regular character in the online Little Dee comic strip: http://www.littledee.net/

Little Dee, btw, is a wonderful strip and I think of it as methadone for those of us who miss Calvin and Hobbs.

 |  Jun 01, 2008 at 05:27 PM

I agree with you Maimes the Pudu looks like a squished Bambi.

Rachel Sweeden
 |  Jun 01, 2008 at 05:28 PM

It took so long for comments to load that I had time to go off to Bob Harris's site and retrieve the url for his Pudu category, only to find out someone had gotten to it before me. So instead I only find myself seconding the recommendation to go to his site.

I like his other stuff as well and would recommend.

 |  Jun 01, 2008 at 05:32 PM

Okay, I am so glad that someone mentioned Bob Harris' site.

But I also have to submit this
pic of a tiny baby pudu being weighed at a zoo somewhere: it's no longer available via google, but I copied it onto my livejournal a few years ago:

baby pudu

 |  Jun 01, 2008 at 06:10 PM

Bob Harris says, "The pudu is always in a good moodu, 'cuz he knows more than youdu."

 |  Jun 01, 2008 at 06:26 PM

Love the pudu-It's a happier day because of this little guy. I learn about more animals on CO.

Totalee Puppy
 |  Jun 01, 2008 at 07:53 PM

1- Heard of them and have seen one before


 |  Jun 01, 2008 at 08:14 PM

it's a deer/kangaroo cross.
i knew animals were taking over the world, they're making the ultimate fighting animals. invisible pouches on the tummy, puss in boots-like eyes in case it gets caught; the works!!1
i'm dead already.

 |  Jun 01, 2008 at 09:08 PM

OMB! Iz Hazbro's newest toy, My Little Pudu!
Just you wait, soon they'll be covering the shelves in candy pastel shades. Not to mention all the necessary accessories. Pudu Castle, Cuteland Village Playset (home of teh Pudus natch), Pudu Beauty Salon and Spa, bajillions of teensy dressup clothes and easy to lose shoes and brushes, and the Pudu SnoCone Machine and Easy Bake Oven tie-ins.

 |  Jun 01, 2008 at 09:23 PM

Oh hai iz new hear.

hon glad
 |  Jun 01, 2008 at 11:09 PM

I'll gladly join the crowd of people who associated the name with a Tatooine curse.

And anything who thinks we're lame is a nerfherder!

Anyway, I want to give the little dude mucho pets!

 |  Jun 01, 2008 at 11:36 PM

South American? Looks like a cross between a deer and a capybara! Is cute!

 |  Jun 01, 2008 at 11:45 PM

Aren't these little guys great? I work at Woodland Park Zoo and I heard about the baby's birth. This must be the one that was born not but a week ago, and it was a complete surprise to the keepers. They didn't even know that the mom was pregnant! The dad is only like a foot high at the shoulder and he has these cute lil fuzzy antlers. So anerable!

 |  Jun 01, 2008 at 11:50 PM

I probably don't need to discuss WHY, but if you told my brother and I about this animal when we were below the age of 12 we would have laughed for a very, very long time.

And you know what would have made us laugh harder?

If you told us that pudus came from Lake Titicaca.

 |  Jun 01, 2008 at 11:56 PM

I saw Pudus at the zoo the other day and was even more amused to find out that their latin name is simply 'Pudu Pudu'.

 |  Jun 02, 2008 at 02:05 AM

Scrolling down the page, I was already in squeeeeeee mode when I saw mommy Pudu. Then I kept on scrolling and baby Pudu popped into view and I went into squeeeeeeeee overdrive!

I googled Pudu to find out more about them and discovered two delightful things:

1. Someone named Brent Huffman has created a website called "Ultimate Ungulate". How awesome is that?

2. This squeeworthy picture on "Ultimate Ungulate":


 |  Jun 02, 2008 at 04:06 AM

Oops... sorry. I mean THIS squeeworthy picture:


 |  Jun 02, 2008 at 04:08 AM

Pudus are from Chile (South America). They are extremely timid, so they're hard to spot in the wilderness. Plus, I guess their natural habitat has been endangered in the last decades, because of timber companies, etc.
However, in a Zoo they became familiar to people and probably won't be difficult to interact with them in a few weeks period.
I had the luck of seeing Pudus very close, once at a farm in the south of Chile, and again at a Zoo. Cute, cute animals.
Is good to see a couple of those little guys is hanging out in Seattle :)

 |  Jun 02, 2008 at 05:11 AM

Berthaservant, apparently they do!
No wonder they're shy, someone named them "Pudu." When will you parents learn-- children can be so cruel!!

 |  Jun 02, 2008 at 05:34 AM

You remind me of the man!
(what man?)
The man with the power!
(what power?)
The power of... well, you know the rest.

 |  Jun 02, 2008 at 05:35 AM

Wouldn't a pair o' pudus be called a "puduet"?

[Yep, like if Art Garfunkel was still singing with Paul Simon when "Loves Me Like a Rock" was recorded... - Ed.]

[...pudu you think you're fooling?]

 |  Jun 02, 2008 at 06:19 AM

Pudu's are my FAVORITE- why didn't I think to send any in? =) Just made my morning to see them. Thanks!

 |  Jun 02, 2008 at 06:39 AM

I go to the Woodland Park Zoo all the time and I don't think I've ever seen a pudu. Does anyone know where I can find this baby pudu? Is it by the lemurs. I must find it!

Jenny P.
 |  Jun 02, 2008 at 07:31 AM

Pudus are very small deer if I remember right....

So a baby Pudu is a eeensy deer!

Super cute!

 |  Jun 02, 2008 at 07:52 AM

Wait a minute, I just found out that the name is really "Pudú." Way to rock the acute accent, tiny dudes!

 |  Jun 02, 2008 at 09:59 AM


That is all.

Katie Kat
 |  Jun 02, 2008 at 10:20 AM

Oh, oh, and oh again! I am totally in love now!
(*falls down in a heap on the floor; co-workers must not see foolish behavior*)

 |  Jun 02, 2008 at 10:29 AM

Not actually our pudu, but if you want to see our baby pudu, click on this video of it taken when it was one day old:

 |  Jun 02, 2008 at 10:33 AM

Holy mother of Jesus! It's like a bunny a deer and a kitten and and and... Ahhh!!!


 |  Jun 02, 2008 at 11:51 AM

LOL, Teho. L. O. L.

 |  Jun 02, 2008 at 12:28 PM

Pudu puppy pandering...

 |  Jun 02, 2008 at 12:53 PM

ooh! those are cute. My mom use to work at that zoo. Maybe she can get us in to see them upclose :) or even feed one!

 |  Jun 02, 2008 at 01:31 PM

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