A FEMALE Lowland tapir born at Galloway Wildlife Conservation Park over the weekend has been given a fitting name.
The calf, which was born on Friday, to parents Maisey and Kiarad and has been named Ennis after Britain’s newly crowned Olympic champion Jessica Ennis, following her Olympic triumph in the heptathlon.
Lowland Tapirs (Tapirus terrestris) live in wet forests and grassland and eat grasses, leaves, fruits and aquatic vegetation. A baby tapir is born after a gestation period of about 13 months. They have strips and spotted coats but lose the pattern as they grow older.
Lowland tapirs are threatened because of habitat destruction and being hunted for food.