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Endangered Baby Tapir Born in Israeli Safari (VIDEO)

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Baby Tapir born in Israel. Photo: screenshot.

A male Tapir, the endangered mammal native to South America and Southeast Asia, has been born in the Ramat Gan Safari in Israel.

Born on Saturday, the Tapir drew significant attention from visitors at the safari and comes just 12 months after the animal’s mother gave birth to a female Tapir.

“He was very healthy, he weighs five kilos. He’s following her, he’s nursing. It makes us all very proud and hopeful that we can continue breeding these endangered animals successfully,” Zoo trainer Gali Burkovich said.

The newly born tapir has a striped and spotted coat, which he will lose as he grows older.  Tapirs generally stand 7 feet long and 3 feet high, and weigh between 350 and 700 pounds.

To watch a video of the newly born Tapir, click below.

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