First born in Novosibirsk tapir pressed to my mom and drinking milk

Young couple tapirs brought to Novosibirsk about two years ago from zoos in Germany and Sweden.

"This is our first child at a young couple Dylan and Danko. Cub was born weighing seven pounds. This is a good weight for a small tapir" — told RIA Novosti the Zoo Julia Kisora.

Zoo staff did not take the baby with her mother in a separate room, as is frequently done with some animals. So visitors can see how the mother-tapir nurtures her first child. Father was placed in the adjacent enclosure.

Born baby, who have not yet given a name that is different from adults in that it has a bright striped coat. Under natural conditions, it provides camouflage in the bush, and protects it from predators. According to the zoo, about four months baby starts to lose that bright color and about half a year to be completely similar to its "plain" parents.

Lowland tapirs live in South America, is the second-largest land mammals and are listed in the International Red Book. Tapir is an ancient animal, whose form has remained unchanged for millions of years. The closest relatives of these animals — horses and rhinoceroses.

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