Thursday, March 6, 2008

Behold the Uglyness of the Tapir

Spotlight on the Tapir! It's amazing to me how many people have never heard of the Tapir. There's nothing like referring to a tapir in conversation only to have it come to a screeching halt because someone asks you what a tapir is. Without a doubt the tapir is the ugliest of all creatures. The elephant man of animals. Share these facts with friends today about the tapir:

- They are pig-like creatures.

- Their closest relatives are horses and rhinos.

- There are 4 different types.

- They live in South America, Central America and Southeast Asia.

- If you don't watch out....oh they'll get you.

For all things Tapir, check out TapirBlog . The tapir blog has a GREAT picture of a tapir approaching an orangutan in a swimming pool and the orangutan looks like he's about to get bitten my a shark. I'm not sure if the tapir is that dangerous or if the orangutan is just a big baby. Either way, see the hysterical here.

So now you know. Pass it on.


JDizzle said...

Ok, not ugly at all! Paco is cute as a button... a button with a big proboscis.

Tapir Blog said...

I agree - tapirs are gorgeous. Paco's not at all dangerous - at least, not in the photo. I don't think orangutans like getting their heads wet.

Tapirs generally fall over when tickled - my local Brazilian Tapirs collapse in delight when tickled.

Dr Zibbs said...

That reminds me that I need to buy another huge feather. Thanks.

enc said...

Can we throw hippos in that "closest relatives" category? I read once that hippos were the closest relatives of horses. Hmmmm.