Escaped tapir rescued after getting stuck in pond

NewsflarePublished: September 1, 2017
Published: September 1, 2017

Animal rescue workers in West Sumatra, Indonesia were called out on Tuesday (August 29) to free a tapir which escaped from a conservation centre and fell into a palace pond.

Rescuers wrapped ropes around the struggling animal to haul it from the pond in Bung Hatta Palace, Bukittinggi City and then pushed it into a large cage.

The tapir was then transported back to the West Sumatra Conservation and Resource Centre at the Museum of Wildlife and Culture Zoo.

Veterinarians examined the tapir which was found to be weak from the stress of the incident and also suffering from blisters to the body, legs and back.

The tapir will recover from its ordeal for a month at the conservation centre before being released into its natural habitat.

Tapirs inhabit jungle and forest regions of South America, Central America, and Southeastern Asia.

Their closest relatives include horses, donkeys, zebras and rhinoceroses.

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