Haechan meets Haechan: K-pop star honored with zoo namesake

This May 15, 2019 image taken from video shows Haechan of the K-pop group NCT 127 taking a selfie with a baby pudu at the Los Angeles Zoo. Fans of the group donated money to name the baby pudu after Haechan. This week, the human Haechan got to meet his namesake, snapping selfies with the little deer at his enclosure. (AP Photo/Jerry Nulty)

LOS ANGELES — A member of the K-pop group NCT 127 has finally met his deer doppelgänger.

The human Haechan (HECH'-ehn) met the baby pudu at the Los Angeles Zoo on Wednesday, months after fans of the group donated money to name the tiny animal after the star. During the visit, Haechan snapped selfies with the pudu at his enclosure.

Pudu are found in various parts of South America. They're considered one of the world's smallest deer species. The adorable male pudu was born in late-December. He became an internet sensation after the zoo shared his birth announcement on social media. That's when NCT 127 fans decided he looked like Haechan and began calling him "Baby Haechan" online.

The zoo bestowed the name after NCT 127 fans raised $2,000 for the cause.

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