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article imageTiny java mouse deer born in Bioparc Fuengirola (Video)

By Anne Sewell     Apr 25, 2014 in Environment
Fuengirola - About the size of a hamster at birth, this little guy will reach the approximate size of a rabbit when fully grown. Considered to be an endangered species, the birth of the new baby delighted all involved.
The smallest hoofed animal in the world, the java mouse deer, or "Tragulus Javanicus," is a rare sight in this world.
The newborn deer arrived recently at Bioparc Fuengirola in southern Spain to a mother who was also born at the zoo. Weighing in at 100 grams, and described by staff at the Bioparc Fuengirola as being "no bigger than a hamster," this baby will reach an adult weight of around a kilogram.
The baby's mother was born in the Bioparc in 2007, and the baby's father came to the zoo from Lille (France) around a year ago, as part of a coordinated breeding program of this species in Europe. The European EEP Conservation Program states there are only 43 java mouse deer in Europe and the new arrival is the eighth to actually be born in Europe.
Java mouse deer in Bioparc Fuengirola  Spain
Java mouse deer in Bioparc Fuengirola, Spain
The java mouse deer has big eyes, a small nose and has a certain rodent aspect to its features, hence the name. Many traditional stories in Asia state that the creature is very intelligent. While the males lack antlers, they have tusks that are effective weapons against other rival males and are capable of producing deep wounds.
These little creatures are nocturnal and difficult to spot in the wild, where they live in a tropical forest environment. The species has been affected by deforestation and habitat destruction in both Java and Bali and are also regularly hunted and eaten as a delicacy. They are also valued for their fur and are often sold as pets.
Bioparc Fuengirola is actively involved in the breeding of endangered species. There have been many births in recent years, including tigers, orangutans, buff-cheeked gibbons, talapoin monkeys, chimpanzees, gorillas and now the latest addition of the baby java mouse deer.
Known as an immersion zoo, the Bioparc consists of natural, spacious and realistic environments in which the animals live, co-exist and breed. A small and realistic jungle in the heart of a city.
Spanish sources:
Europa Press
El Pais
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