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WATCH: Endangered tapir born at Newquay zoo

brazillian tapir born at newquay zoo

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 4:16pm 13th April 2018.

If you don't know what a tapir is yet... you will now.

And all because it might be the cutest thing you have seen all day!

Newquay Zoo has revealed a baby one has been born on site - the first one to be born in the UK this year.

But staff say first-time parents Al and Emily, while taking to parenthood, are facing that typical parent problem - that she's refusing to eat her vegetables!

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Keeper Tracey Twomey said: "She was born on Mother's Day. She started trying solid food at about two weeks and at the moment she loves carrot and apple, but she's not so keen on parsnip - she chews it up and then spits it all out.

"Emily and Al have both been amazing with the baby, for first-time parents they've really taken it all in their stride and have been very attentive, while still letting her explore."

As the tapirs share their home with Johnson, the capybara, he's also said to have become something of an uncle figure to the little one.

Tracey said: "The baby is confident, she enjoys spending time with both mum and dad and also with Johnson the capybara, who she loves to cuddle up with!

"She is amazing and definitely knows how to steal people's hearts - she's just too cute!"

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The Brazilian tapir is endangered and comes from the same family as zebras and horses.

Babies are born with stripes and spots on their coats to help keep them camouflaged.

They are endangered in the wild due to population decline from hunting and loss of habitat and staff say the Brazilian tapirs are hunted for meat for food and also for their skin to create leather goods.

Native to South America, their numbers in the wild are declining rapidly - so keepers at the charity zoo say they are over the moon to welcome this little one.

The baby can be seen at Newquay Zoo with Mum and Dad and Uncle Johnson in the paddock, and will be in the field once she gets a bit older.

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