Something Different: Cozy Tapirs

Even if you know about these animals, you probably never think about them. But this keeper at the Dartmoor Zoo has two tapirs to take care of, and they really seem to like him. It doesn’t look like they’d be hard animals to make friends with.

Tapirs, found in Brazil and Southeast Asia, are related to rhinos and horses. As a boy I found them fascinating–even if there wasn’t a toy tapir to be had for love nor money, for my collection of toy animals. I would’ve liked to have one for a pet, but somehow that never happened.

A guy named Masho says he had one, but he’s a pathological liar.

10 comments on “Something Different: Cozy Tapirs

  1. For some reason, I couldn’t get the video to play when you first posted it, but it was worth the wait. It’s hard to imagine something so strange looking as being charming, but they seem to mange it.

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