Safari surprise: A Tapir is born

Ramat Gan Safari Park celebrates birth of Papaya, the newest addition to its collection of the endangered South American hog-like species.

July 21, 2011 19:55
South American Tapir

Tapir animal 311. (photo credit: Tibor Yeger )

Excitement spread throughout Ramat Gan's Safari Park two weeks ago when a new addition named Papaya came on the scene.

Papaya, a South American Tapir, was the first to be born at the park since her mother Pasiflora was born there six years ago.

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Staff at the Safari Park were especially excited because South American Tapirs are an endangered species.

The birth of a new Tapir is also interesting because of the fact that the pup's appearance is significantly different from the appearance of the adults.

Adults are dark brown in color and have a large, round body, whereas baby Tapirs have blond streaks throughout their body.

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