Tiny mouse deer born at Bristol Zoo is height of a pencil – adorable pictures and video

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Tiny mouse deer born at Bristol Zoo is height of a pencil – adorable pictures and video

The lesser Malayan mouse deer arrived around a month ago to first-time mother Brienne and father Jorah. Adorable pictures show the cute animal, who

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The lesser Malayan mouse deer arrived around a month ago to first-time mother Brienne and father Jorah. Adorable pictures show the cute animal, who is said to be “doing really well”, in their enclosure at the zoo.

The mouse deer is around 20cm (8 inches) tall, which is around the same height as a pencil.

It is not yet known if the animal is male or female.

The mouse deer is only the second to be born at the zoo in the last decade.

Paige Bwye, senior mammal keeper, said: “Brienne is being a fantastic first-time mother and has been very attentive to her infant.

When the mouse deer is fully grown, it will weigh around 1.5kg (3lbs).

In 2020, a mouse deer called Missandei was born at the zoo.

She was moved to Ouwehands Zoo in the Netherlands to continue the breeding programme for the species.

Mouse deer are distantly related to deer and are native to South East Asia.

Bristol Zoo Gardens is owned and run by conservation and education charity Bristol Zoological Society.

The zoo – which is home to animals including gorillas, lions and monkeys as well as reptiles, birds, insects and fish – has now reopened following the lockdown.



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