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Hamster-sized deer born in Spain, weighs just 100 grams

Published on Apr 26, 2014 3:21 AM

MADRID (AFP) - The latest specimen of the world's tiniest deer - a rare species no bigger than a hamster - has been born in a nature park in southern Spain, conservationists said on Friday.

The baby "deer-mouse" became just the 43rd living member of this species in Europe when it was born on April 9 in the Fuengirola Biopark near Malaga.

Originating in southeastern Asia, the deer is so called because its tiny dimensions and big eyes make it look more like a rodent, despite its tiny hooves.

At birth the baby - which has not yet been named because it is still too small to determine its sex - weighed about 100 grams.

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