Today as I was wandering through the forest I came across a peculiar looking creature. He was pale, like a ghost, and not at all like the two-legged creatures I’ve seen here before. It seems that both of us were equally startled by the appearance of the other. I think I gave him a fright and he flew an arrow at me! I would never have attacked him! Giving him a snort I ran back into the forest away from the pale, two-legged beast.
We tapirs aren’t vicious creatures, in fact, we are endangered. If you don’t know what I look like, close your eyes and imagine a pig with a trunk! I am related to horses and rhinoceroses. Scientists believe my species are quite ancient and that we’ve changed very little over tens of thousands of years. To eat I use my short prehensile trunk. I use it to eat leaves and fruits (not two-legged beasts!) I can also dive to eat aquatic plants, they’re my favourite. I like to go into the water to cool off!
If you would like to see a real life tapir you should visit my relatives at Edinburgh Zoo. The tapirs there look a little different to me though, I am a Lowland tapir and the ones at the zoo are Malayan tapirs. On the 31st December last year, a baby boy named Mekong was born to his mum Sayang and dad Mogli. Go and see him soon, he still has his spots!
That’s all I have time to tell you for now! I must get back to roaming the forest. You can find me again within the pages of The Adventures of Martin Rattler.
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