Minnesota Zoo welcomes baby Malayan Tapir

9:23 AM, Jul 23, 2013   |    comments
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APPLE VALLEY, Minn. - Folks across the globe are oohing and ahhhing over the new royal baby, but the Minnesota Zoo is crowing about a new arrival of its own.

A brand new Malayan tapir calf is the first of its kind to be born at the Zoo in more than 20 years. The newborn female arrived at approximately 9:15 p.m. on Saturday, July 20, after a 419-day gestation period.

"This birth is a great way to celebrate National Zookeeper Week and the dedication the staff have for these animals," says Tom Ness, Tropics Trail supervisor. "Malayan Tapirs are an endangered species and every birth is important to the population."

The baby and her mom Bertie are doing fine. The calf is currently off exhibit with its mother, but can be seen on a special webcam.

Here are some amazing Tapir facts to amaze your friends.

  • At birth, a calf weighs approximately 10-20 pounds.
  • A female normally births a calf every 2-4 years.
  • For the first 6-8 months of their life, tapir calves resemble furry watermelons with legs.
  • They are dark brown to black with alternating bands of yellowish-white stripes and spots.
  • Young tapirs grow quickly and can weigh as much as 450 pounds at one year of age and reach adult size in about 2-3 years.

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