Behold: Hamster-Size Deer Born in Spain

Deer-mouse is super-endangered

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 27, 2014 7:41 AM CDT

(Newser) – This baby makes 43: A tiny, hoofed deer—the world's smallest at about the size of a hamster—has been born in Spain, weighing in at about 4 ounces, reports Phys.org. The deer-mouse, aka "tragulus javanicus," was born April 9 at a nature park and "is growing very fast," a spokeswoman says. The cub is still too small to determine its sex and is thus still unnamed. The critters, of which there are only 42 others largely because of deforestation in Southeast Asia, grow to be about 2 pounds in adulthood.

A chevrotain, or mouse deer, feeds in its enclosure at Zurich Zoo, Switzerland, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012.
A chevrotain, or mouse deer, feeds in its enclosure at Zurich Zoo, Switzerland, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012.   (AP Photo/Keystone/Patrick B. Kraemer)
A chevrotain, or mouse deer, walks in its enclosure at Zurich Zoo, Switzerland, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012.
A chevrotain, or mouse deer, walks in its enclosure at Zurich Zoo, Switzerland, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012.   (AP Photo/Keystone/Patrick B. Kraemer)
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