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Photo Gallery: L.A. Zoo names newborn Pudu after K-pop star Lee Dong-hyuck, a.k.a. Haechan
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Photo Gallery: L.A. Zoo names newborn Pudu after K-pop star Lee Dong-hyuck, a.k.a. Haechan

A baby southern pudu, one of the smallest deer in the world, stepped out for public viewing at the L.A. Zoo on Thursday. The young pudu, here with his mother, named Steph, was named for the K pop star known as Haechan.  The naming was the result of a Facebook fundraiser by the zoo. Haechan was born Dec. 19 at the zoo.

 (Raul Roa / Staff Photographer)

Haechan, the L.A. Zoo says, was born to first-time parents Steph and Mario. The southern pudu are native to the rainforests of southern Chile and Argentina. They eat vegetation including ferns, fruits, leaves and berries. The pudu’s wild populations are decreasing due to loss of habitat.

 (Raul Roa / Staff Photographer)

The Los Angeles Zoo said the fundraiser to name the newborn pudu exceeded its goal with a total of $2,687. Proceeds will go to supporting conservation of endangered species. 

 (Raul Roa / Staff Photographer)

Haechan, 5 weeks old, is named for the K-pop star whose real name is Lee Dong-hyuck.  Pop-star Haechan is called “Pudu” by fans, who say he looks like the animal.  

 (Raul Roa / Staff Photographer)

The L.A. Zoo trumpeted the campaign surrounding the newborn pudu. “Due to Haechan and NCT fans’ overwhelming enthusiasm, this campaign raised over $2,500 in support of our conservation efforts,” said Kait Hilliard, vice president of marketing at the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Assn. “We are thrilled to see this groundswell of support and excitement.”

 (Raul Roa / Staff Photographer)

The fawn Haechan makes a public debut Thursday at Los Angeles Zoo.

 (Raul Roa / Staff Photographer)

Haechan steps delicately at the pudu’s enclosure. According to the World Assn. of Zoos and Aquariums, the southern pudu is among the planet’s smallest deer with a shoulder height, when grown, of about 16 inches.

 (Raul Roa / Staff Photographer)

Haechan is Steph’s first offspring. The two can be found at the L.A. Zoo.  

 (Raul Roa / Staff Photographer)
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