Minn. Zoo welcomes rare Malayan tapir calf


The Minnesota Zoo announced Wednesday the birth of a Malayan tapir calf, the first born at the zoo in more than 20 years.

After a gestation period of more than 13 months, Mom "Bertie" gave birth to a female calf around 9:15 p.m. Saturday.

Tapir newborns weigh anywhere from 10-20 pounds and can grow to as heavy as 450 pounds by age 1. Tapirs reach adult size in about 2-3 years.

The zoo has had 4 prior Malayan tapir births, the last one occurring in 1991.

The animal is one of the most endangered in Southeast Asia, according to the zoo. Tapir populations are declining due to habitat loss from deforestation for agricultural purposes, flooding caused by dam building for hydroelectric projects and illegal trade.

The newborn is currently off exhibit with its mother, but can be seen on the zoo's webcam.

Also, see video below:

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