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Play with me! There’s plenty of life in this endangered calf

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The charity which owns Edinburgh Zoo has released the cutest video you are likely to see this week showing an endangered tapir calf tormenting his dad

An endangered tapir calf born at Edinburgh Zoo is certainly growing up big and strong if this latest video is anything to go by.

Released by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS), the charity which owns Edinburgh Zoo, the cute clip shows that Baku, who is a Malayan tapir, is full of adventure as he torments his father who just wants to sleep.

Undeterred, the young calf persistently nudges his dad and leaps over him in an effort to get him to play along.

Karen Stiven, hoofstock team leader at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo, said: “Baku has already grown so much and he has stolen our hearts with his charming nature.

"The footage of him trying to coax his dad into playtime is pretty typical of his personality. He is normally very busy exploring his large outdoor enclosure and is always running around and having fun.

"His distinctive spots and stripes have recently started to fade slightly and by the time he is six months old he will look more like the adult tapirs – with a stocky black body and a white or grey midsection.”



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