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11 smallest animals of their kind

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2. Smallest deer: Northern pudú

There are two species of pudú, both hailing from South America – the Southern pudú, like the one pictured above, reaches a petite height of 14 to 18 inches at the shoulders, while its even more diminutive cousin, the Northern pudú, barely reaches 14 inches. Weighing in at the 7- to 13-pound range, they're about as heavy as a housecat!

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