A rare Malayan Tapir born at Chester Zoo.
Weighing just 5kg at birth, the mother has a 13-month-long (391-day) pregnancy. (The adults can weigh up to 800 lbs.)
Baby tapirs have distinctive coats when first born, made up of a series of spots and stripes to help camouflage them on the forest floors in their native South East Asia. This pattern will slowly change over the first six months to the unique black and white pattern of their parents.
The Malayan Tapir is related to both the horse and the rhinoceros. It is an‘odd-toed’ ungulate (or hoofed mammal), with four toes on each front foot and three on each back foot.
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