ROYAL OAK (CBS Detroit) – Combine the cuteness of a baby animal with one of the smallest deer and you’ve got a formula for many awwws. The Detroit Zoo welcomed its latest addition to a growing herd of southern pudu. Noni, a female, was born on March 25 and was the third birth in less than two years.

“Noni is full of energy and can be seen running and leaping through the pudu habitat at times,” said Detroit Zoological Society Curator of Mammals Elizabeth Arbaugh. “She is a welcome addition to the U.S. zoo population of southern pudus, which numbers less than forty.”

According to Zoo officials, “Found in the temperate rainforests of southern Chile and Argentina, the southern pudu (Pudu puda) can reach a height of 18 inches at the shoulder and weigh up to 25 pounds at maturity. The tiny deer has reddish-brown fur and diminutive features, including rounded ears, small black eyes and short legs.”

See Noni in the pudu habitat near the giant anteaters and bush dogs.

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