The Bristol Zoo embraces a tiny mouse deer as a part of its family. The little guy was born during the lockdown at the zoo. The tiny mouse deer is only the “size of a pencil” according to BBC. Therefore, the deer only stands at around 20cm tall.
The deer is born to parents Brienne and Jorah a month ago. The little deer is the second one to be born in the zoo in the last decade. This is because these types of deer usually have one offspring. Two offspring for the deer are rare. This species of the mouse deer is more accurately known as the Malayan mouse deer.
The deer consumes fruits, berries and shrubs as a part of its diet. Therefore, it is herbivore just like its other deer relatives. This deer can grow up to be as heavy as 3 pounds.
The deer is native to Southeast Asia. They always remain by water and prefer to live in dense forests. Moreover, the deer remains solitary throughout its life unless it is the breeding season.
However, one key difference of the mouse deer is that it does not have any antlers unlike all the other deer. On the other hand, male deer have small tusks which they use in fighting.
On the other hand, the gender of the deer is not known. Senior mammal keeper Paige Bwye claims that it will take them some time to determine the gender. She added that mouse deer are extremely shy and tiny in their younger days.
Paige states that the deer is in good health and is discovering new tastes. She says that the deer has recently acquired a taste for sweet potatoes. Paige states that Brienne has been a “very attentive” mother and has carefully cared for the infant deer.
We think the deer looks adorable with its miniature size, what about you?