Tapir calf can leave Novosibirsk abroad

Tapir calf, born last month at the Novosibirsk Zoo, will be transferred to another zoo, Russia or abroad, told RIA Novosti Head of Department tropical zoo animals Julia Konovalov.

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.

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" — said another zoo employee Julia Kisora.

The birth went straight to the pavilion, which contains tapirs. Zoo staff did not take the baby with her mother in a separate room, as is frequently done with some animals. So zoo visitors can see how the mother-tapir nurtures her first child. Father was placed in the adjacent enclosure.

Konovalov said that after the baby is stronger, perhaps as early as six-months of age, it will transfer to one of the Russian zoos or even taken away from the country, as the Novosibirsk Zoo participates in the conservation and breeding of endangered species.

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.

"The pair (who first child was born) — a young, it will be another breed," — said Konovalov.

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