Zoo’s baby tapir is UK first
Published: 16th Apr 2018A Brazilian tapir has been born at Newquay Zoo - the first in the UK this year.
First-time parents Al and Emily have taken to parenthood, but are having a problem that many human parents will recognise – she won’t eat her vegetables…
Keeper Tracey Twomey comments: “She was born on Mother’s Day. She started trying solid food at about two weeks and at the moment she loves carrot and apple, but she's not so keen on parsnip - she chews it up and then spits it all out! “
Emily and Al have both been amazing with the baby, for first-time parents they've really taken it all in their stride and have been very attentive, while still letting her explore.”
The tapirs share their home with Johnson the capybara. Johnson has become something of an uncle figure to the little one. Tracey again: “The baby is confident, she enjoys spending time with both mum and dad and also with Johnson the capybara, who she loves to cuddle up with! She is amazing and definitely knows how to steal people’s hearts - she's just too cute!”
Tapirs come from the same family as zebras and horses. Babies are born with stripes and spots on their coats to help keep them camouflaged. Tapirs are Endangered in the wild due to population decline from hunting and loss of habitat. Brazilian tapirs are hunted for meat for food and also for their skin to create leather goods. Native to South America, their numbers in the wild are declining rapidly – so keepers at the charity zoo are over the moon to welcome this little one.
The baby can be seen at Newquay Zoo with Mum and Dad and Uncle Johnson in the paddock, and will be in the field once she gets a bit older. Newquay Zoo is a registered charity. For more information go to www.newquayzoo.org.uk or ring 01637 873342.