An adorable mouse deer has been born at Bristol Zoo Gardens. The tiny new arrival may appear to have long legs, but at only 8 inches high stands no taller than a pencil!
The delicate lesser Malayan mouse deer, whose gender is not yet known, was born to first-time mother Brienne (7), and father Jorah (4), a month ago inside their enclosure alongside the Zoo’s Livingstone’s fruit bats.
It is the second mouse deer to be born at the Zoo in the past decade after a female named Missandei arrived in 2020.
“Brienne is being a fantastic first-time mother and has been very attentive to her infant. It will be a little while until we are able to determine the gender of the fawn as they’re so small and quite shy,” said Bristol Zoo’s senior mammal keeper, Paige Bwye.
“It’s doing really well though and has recently started to discover new tastes, such as sweet potato. They are absolutely fascinating to watch. They move around on their pencil-thin legs and munch on flowers and vegetables.”
Mouse deer are distantly related to deer and native to the forests of South-East Asia. When fully grown, the new mouse deer will only weigh around 1.5kg – that’s around 3lbs!
This is the second new arrival for keepers who have also recently welcomed the first sloth to be born at Bristol Zoo Gardens in nearly a decade.
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