Dave Hone (of Archosaur Musings) kindly provided the following photo, taken in Seoul Zoo. It features a
South tropical American tapir – but which one? Test your skills…
I love tapirs. But they’re not always nice. In 1998 a Malayan tapir Tapirus indicus at Oklahoma Zoo bit a keeper’s arm clean off, and also caused facial injuries and a punctured lung to the woman during the attack. The tapir had a two-month-old baby, and this presumably explained its aggressive behaviour. Also worth noting is that Haddad et al. (2005) described a fatal attack by a tapir on a man, though in this case the man stabbed the tapir on discovering it in his corn field and it also later died from its wounds. Many thanks to Dallas Krentzel for bringing my attention to this case.
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Haddad, V., Chagas Assunção, M., Coelho de Mello, R. & Ribeiro Duarte, M. 2005. A fatal attack caused by a Lowland tapir (Tapirus terrestris) in southeastern Brazil. Wilderness & Environmental Medicine 16, 97-100.