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Hamster-sized deer born at Spanish zoo

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The newborn deer weighed 100 grams and was described as "no bigger than a hamster" by staff at the Bioparc Fuengirola in the south of Spain .

Adult members of the rarely seen Tragulus javanicus species rarely weigh over a kilo but, despite their name, grow to the size of small rabbits.

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Adult members of the rarely seen Tragulus javanicus species rarely weigh over a kilo but, despite their name, grow to the size of small rabbits.

Seeings as they are not that big to start with, I could not see the mother giving birth to a normal baby deer which can weigh between 4 and 8 pounds.

Ouch!

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This would seem to be a good animal to breed for the pet trade, it would take the pressure off wild populations, and a portion of the healthy adults could be re-introduced to the wild in suitable habitats. Probably similar to keeping a pet rabbit.

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Wow...incredible little thing, I want one!

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It is really cute looking. Kinda shrew-like in appearance but moreover it looks sort of like something one might find in a book about prehistoric mammals.

Well, its current biological adaptations obviously allowed it to survive. They look so cuddly.

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This would seem to be a good animal to breed for the pet trade, it would take the pressure off wild populations, and a portion of the healthy adults could be re-introduced to the wild in suitable habitats. Probably similar to keeping a pet rabbit.

no no no!!! terrible idea, theres only 48 in Europe

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