Stanley in harness ~
more or less
This is Stanley at several months of age. It was the first time we took him out on a harness. Note that a collar would not have worked, since he has no neck. The raised crest common to his species would cause any neck apparatus to slip off over his face. Actually, putting a tapir in a harness is not advisable, either. Even at this comparatively small size (roughly 60 pounds) he was nearly unmanageable. Being exceptionally strong, he went where he wanted to, and Bob had to lift him up to get him to go any other direction. On this outing, he immediately found a very old olive tree in the yard and began licking the dust with great contentment.
You can see that although his strongest stripes are still visible, most of the smaller spots have disappeared. At this age his coat was a middle shade of brown.
All tapirs are endangered species.
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