Introducing baby tapir

Cotswold Wildlife Park baby tapir

An adorable baby tapir has been introduced to the visiting public at Cotswold Wildlife Park for the first time.

The Brazilian tapir, which is named Lolita, is the first child of parents Gomez and Cali. All three members of the family can now be seen in the same enclosure.

Park curator Jamie Craig, 41, said: “We have done incredibly well with this species in the past but we are delighted to have a first calf from our new pair.

“The initial introduction between the adults did not go exactly to plan and it was a relief to us all when they finally settled together.

“Baby tapirs are markedly different in appearance to adult tapirs. You’d hardly believe that Lolita is even the same species as her parents.”

Lolita was born on August 31st 2014.

Brazilian tapirs are listed as vulnerable on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species.

Some visitors might take the choice of name as a reference to Vladimir Nobokov’s famous 1955 book of the same name. Nobokov’s controversial novel details a grown man’s burgeoning sexual relationship with a 12-year-old girl.

When asked to comment on the choice of name, a spokesperson for Cotswold Wildlife Park said: “It’s not a controversial name. We call her Lolly.”

More high resolution pictures are available on request. To discuss rates for using pictures and copy, contact news editor Tom Knight on 07815 004413 or tom@medavia.co.uk.

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