Rare Malayan tapir born at Edinburgh Zoo

The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland has released the first pictures of a rare Malayan tapir born at Edinburgh Zoo.

The male calf, which has not yet been named, was born to mother Sayang and father Mowgli on January 31.

He is the eighth tapir calf to arrive at the zoo since 2007.

Malayan tapirs are considered an endangered species with a European conservation breeding programme helping protect them from extinction.

The brown and white fur helps provide camouflage for baby tapirs in their natural rainforest habitats, developing to black and white after a few months.

An online poll has been set up to help decide a name for the zoo’s new arrival.

Suggestions include Penang, Haruun, Bintang, Megat, Amal and Bernam – all of which have a Malayan connection.

<figcaption class='imgFCap'>The male calf was born on January 31 (Jon Paul Orsi/RZSS/PA)</figcaption>
The male calf was born on January 31 (Jon Paul Orsi/RZSS/PA)

Jonny Appleyard, team leader for hoofstock at Edinburgh Zoo, said: “Malayan tapir populations in the wild are continuing to decline, so all births are incredibly valuable to the breeding programme and we’re really excited about our latest arrival.

“At the moment he is staying very close to mum Sayang but will soon find his feet and start to follow her outside.”

Voting on the tapir’s name closes on Tuesday.

- Press Association

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