A rare mouse deer is born on camera in Poland

The baby chevrotain, born on Nov. 10, is the size of a large matchbox and weighs around 100 grams.

The species is characterised by its small stature, spindly legs and mouse-like head, and the birth is of particular significance because there are only a dozen chevrotains in European zoos and just one male.

“For the first time ever in the history of any species of mouse deer, an actual birth was filmed and then the first moment of life of the baby,” Radoslaw Ratajszczak, the head of Zoo Wroclow, told Reuters.

Chevrotains are facing extinction due to hunting and to palm oil plantations in their native home.

Video Transcript

RADOSLAW RATAJSZCZAK: This time it was very special because they usually give birth in the hide, under the bushes, somewhere in a very secluded spot. This time our female chose to give birth just in the middle under the camera. So for the first time ever, I think, in the history in any species of mouse deer, the actual birth was filmed, and then the first moment of life of the baby.