Adorable tapir calf born at Ellen Trout Zoo in Lufkin
Zoo officials Ellen Trout took to their Facebook page to make the big announcement and post photos. A Malayan tapir calf was born to proud parents Tembikai and Cool. Ellen Trout Zoo teased the ad on Thursday, but decided to make the big reveal today (August 6) for Tembikai’s 5th anniversary!
His keepers at the zoo named him Pertama (it sounds like Bahama), which means “first” in Malay. He is the first calf of this couple in our zoo. He is a wonderful addition to the endangered Malaysian tapir population.
Pertama and Tembikai can be seen from the visitors’ trail from today. As you get older, you will be able to see it more easily. He currently weighs around 25 pounds and will spend most of his day staying close to his mother.
As you can see in the photos, tapirs are born with stripes and spots to help them camouflage themselves in nature and hide from predators. Ellen Trout’s zoo keepers think the new arrival looks a bit like a watermelon. As Pertama grows, it will lose its spots and scratches.
The folks at the Ellen Trout Zoo would love if you can celebrate Pertama’s arrival by visiting the zoo soon. The Ellen Trout Zoo is located at 402 Zoo Circle off the North Loop in Lufkin.