Tokyo Zoo Celebrates Birth Of A Baby Tapir

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Baby Malayan Tapir (Photo By Sasha Kopf - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, commons.wikimedia.org)

A Tokyo Zoo received an extra special Christmas gift this year - the birth of a Malay Tapir, an endangered animal, usually found in Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand.

The Malayan Tapir, a distant cousin of the horse and rhinoceros, is one of the largest primitive mammals in the world and weighs between 550-670 pounds. This nocturnal animal is vegetarian and travels long distances in search of food. Tapirs are excellent climbers and love to wade in the water. They are usually found in lowland areas during the dry season, moving to the mountains during the rainy season. They are a very solitary animal and often live and move around on their own, not in herds.

Adult Malayan Tapir (Photo Credit :CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org)

Over the years, the number of Tapir's in the world has declined drastically due to over-hunting and loss of habitat. As the habitat has disappeared, these animals have moved up to the mountainous regions of Malaysia and Indonesia, making it very difficult to tell how many of them are still surviving in the wild.

Environmentalists estimate that there only about 3,000 of them left, making the birth of this little cutie even more special.

Check out the video below of the mom and the newborn:

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48 Comments
  • tyty1234
    tyty1234Monday, May 6, 2019 at 9:03 am
    there should be mare of them and they are cute
    • applecrips
      applecripsWednesday, April 10, 2019 at 3:16 pm
      I know
      • applecripsMonday, April 1, 2019 at 8:49 am
        So cute
        • applecrips
          applecripsSunday, March 31, 2019 at 5:01 am
          so cute
          • keribear
            keribearSaturday, February 2, 2019 at 3:49 pm
            Wow!So cute!A shame there isn't a lot left!!😍💖
            • tapirloverWednesday, November 7, 2018 at 2:41 pm
              soooooo cute! they're one of my favourite animals!!!!!!
              • AnimalgirlWednesday, October 31, 2018 at 1:07 pm
                Awwwwwwwwwwwww. That’s all I can think of to say.
                • KennWednesday, October 24, 2018 at 12:59 pm
                  It’s super cute not to look
                  • 🤩EddieWednesday, October 24, 2018 at 12:35 pm
                    To Awesome Possible I Really want to meet one
                    • Eddie Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 12:52 pm
                      The baby tapir is so cute!❤️💕👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻