Malaya tapir introduced by San Diego Zoo (photo)

It looks like a pig with a trunk, but it is related to horses. Not yet a month old, San Diego Zoo’s newest Malaya tapir is starting to nibble on solid food already, the zoo said in a caption released with this photograph.

The tapir has been named Tembikai, which means “watermelon” in Malay, the zoo said.


Photo by Ken Bohn

The Malaya tapir is an Endangered species, so this birth is significant to the species’ population, the zoo said. “It also was significant because his mother, Chantek, is 25 years old, which is older than most tapirs when they give birth. But, Tembikai is doing well. He weighed 13 pounds when born Jan. 29, 2010, and is now 30 pounds,” the zoo added.

More photos of zoo animals can be found in our regular feature Zoo News.

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