Cute Animal Video of the Day: Meet Bambu, the Rescued Pudu Deer

Pudus may be the smallest deer in the world, but Bambu was tiny even by pudu standards when specialists rescued her. Abandoned outside of Concepcion, Chile and extremely underweight, Bambu would have died without interference. Already endangered and incredibly rare, a pudu’s biggest threats are illegal hunting, deforestation and disease. After recognizing her vulnerability, Bambu’s rescuers took her to San Sebastian University’s veterinary clinic to make sure she got the attention she deserved.

Veterinarians at the clinic have given her future a good deal of thought. They admit that the two species that make up the genus Pudu are medical question marks: scientists just don’t have enough information on wild pudus to know how they compare to ones kept in captivity. Releasing Bambu back into the wild once she’s grown could be risky, veterinarian Miguel Mancilla notes, because so much is still unknown about what diseases the tiny deer are susceptible to.

For now, at least, Bambu has been hand-fed back to health and is a happy, safe little fawn. Watch her story here:

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79 comments

CHRISTINANICKI G.
.3 years ago

to bad the video is no longer available,thank you

Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra3 years ago

Thank you Claire, for Sharing this!

Alicia Guevara
Alicia Guevara3 years ago

Cute picture. Hope pudu is ok. Tks.

Sheri D.
Sheri D.3 years ago

I'm glad they saved this pudu.

Carrie Anne Brown

couldn't watch the video but thanks for sharing anyway :) glad shes ok

Susan O.
Susan O.3 years ago

When I went to watch the video ...

""Orphaned Baby..." The YouTube account associated with this video has been terminated due to multiple third-party notifications of copyright infringement. Sorry about that."

love of animals
3 years ago

i have always believed if you can help any animal you should so thank you for caring enough to do just this .

Manel Dias
Manel Dias3 years ago

This is what happens when we continue cutting down the trees and destroy their habitats and build homes and companies. We move into these poor animals territories and make them homeless. So the next thing we see they are suddenly appearing in our backyards confused and lost. Humans are the ones who is responsible for these precious animals gradual disappearance and extinction from this Planet. I wish that every country in this world (their Governing bodies) could take much interests in protecting their land and the natural habitats and its inhibitants it would be a wonderful way to save at least some of the worlds beautiful animals. If every Governing body is giving more attention and contribution towards saving these habitats eventually we will be able to save the Planet Earth.

Melania Padilla
Melania Padilla3 years ago

Thanks you!

Erika M.
Erika M.3 years ago

Bummer the video is no longer available. I'm very happy she is being well cared for.