Thursday 22 April 2021

BBC: Mouse deer born at Bristol Zoo is the height of a pencil


image captionThe tiny mouse deer is only 20cm (8ins) tall to its shoulder

A tiny mouse deer, born during lockdown at Bristol Zoo, is only 20cm (8ins) tall to its shoulder, the height of a pencil.

The lesser Malayan mouse deer was born to first-time mother Brienne and father Jorah almost a month ago.

Its gender is not yet known however it is only the second mouse deer to be born at the zoo in the last decade.

Mouse deer are native to South East Asia and when fully grown the infant will weigh about 3lb (1.5kg).

Senior mammal keeper Paige Bwye said it would be a little while before the zoo was able to determine the gender of the fawn as they are so small and shy.

"It's doing really well though, and has recently started to discover new tastes, such as sweet potato," she said.

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