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Tetrapod Zoology

A new living species of large mammal: hello, Tapirus kabomani!

Illustration of Tapirus kabomani by G. Braga, from Cozzuol et al. (2013).

For some considerable time now, there have been rumours of an incredible zoological discovery: a new species of living perissodactyl – a tapir – due to be announced from the Amazon. At long last, the paper is out. Published in Journal of Mammalogy, and authored by Mario Cozzuol and a team of colleagues, it describes [...]

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Tetrapod Zoology

Tapir attacks past, present, but hopefully not future

Keeper checks Denzil's the Brazilian tapir's teeth at Bristol Zoo, a photo I took in August 2009. Tapirs can be friendly animals that enjoy human contact. Photo by Darren Naish.

Last Thursday (August 8th, 2013) a Brazilian or Lowland tapir Tapirus terrestris at Dublin Zoo (Ireland) seriously attacked and injured a two-year-old girl that, believe it or don’t, was taken into the tapir’s enclosure. The child’s mother was injured as she tried to rescue (or, rescued) the little girl. The girl reportedly received “deep abdomen [...]

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