Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Tapir Tuesday

Mom showed us pictures of this most peculiar animal.
Do you know what it is?
It's a Lowland Tapir!
She says she's sorry for him as he seems to be a bit lonely. He's always pacing around restlessly in his enclosure at our local zoo. She saw him enjoying scritches from his keeper once. Someone told her that he's a bit feisty though and has a reputation for biting. He shares his enclosure with two of these Capybara and they had to change them six times until they found a combination that worked out. We really wonder what's next. After showing us birds that can carry off cats mom pointed at these animals saying they are rodents. They are huge! The female has an average weight of 60 kg. We certainly wouldn't go near them.
video
What really struck us about the Tapir was his voice. Check out this lengthy video of him doing some sort of Kneippism, stopping to smell his own poo floating in the water and then doing his sound when he gets out of it. You'll be amazed.
Purrs, Siena & Chilli

31 comments:

Cheyenne -Millie said...

Thank you for introducing us to the Tapir. We never heard about this animal before... very interesting!

Misha said...

Thanks for the exotic tock shots for Tocktober!

Cat with a Garden said...

Hahaha, your're right Misha. Embrace 'tocktober!

Abby Normal and Stygia said...

Our mom loves the Capybara because they remind her of the creatures in one of her childhood-favorite books, "The Wump World."

Purrs,
Abby & Stygia

milocat said...

He is really interesting.

Milo and Alfie xx

Slash and Bronzy said...

Did he juz whistle???

Goldie, Shade and Banshee said...

Interesting fella! That was quick the call, wonder what he was trying to say?

"Someone better come clean out my water it's FULL OF POO!!!!!!!"

Luna said...

They are so cute with these long nosies.Thank you for showing us.
The capybaras are looking a little bit like the guinea pigs of our beanboys. We tried to catch them but the beanboys never let us do!!!

purrs
Luna, Luzie and Olli

Ginger Jasper said...

He looks an interesting feller and he does look kind of lonely.. Hugs GJ x

Bruce said...

Nice photos of a couple of strange looking animals.

The Monkeys said...

Very interesting looking animal!

The Creek Cats said...

What an interesting creature!! We've never seen on of those before! Thank you for sharing that video!

Cory said...

Did he just tweet like a birdie?? I've never seen anything like him. His nose is very cool.

-d ma said...

tapir? i don't even know her.

Lucy the Cat said...

Wow. Neither mamma nor I have heard of the tapir. Great pictures and video. We find capybaras very interesting.

Thanks for your comments on my blog about the new kitty. Mama is gonna go check out your post you referenced. I don't know what she's got me in to.

Purrs,

Lucy

The Kool~Kittie~Krew said...

Aww that Tapir is furry cute, in an odd way!!! We like that little squeek he did! And the Capybara's sure are some B~I~G rodents! Glad THEY don't try to come in our house for the winter! YIKES!

Lucy the Cat said...

This is Lucy's mama. Just read your post of introducing Chilli to Siena. There were a lot of very helpful comments too. I'm going to look into possibly buying the Feliway diffusers. I've had to do this several times in the past--introducing cats that is--but it's been a very long time for all of us.

Thanks again!

JC said...

Sounds almost like a bird ...

Cheysuli and gemini said...

Wow. The poor little Tapir who is almost alone.

Mishkat said...

We're amazed by his nose! And he does sound like a bird. We like the capybara's too.

Sam and Andy said...

Thank you.....very interesting post.......it makes us even happier that we belong to the cat family!!!!! MOL Have a purrfect day.

xxxxxxx

Laila and Minchie said...

We never saw a Tapir either. Very strange looking dude. He sure likes to make a lot of poo!

Marlene said...

Lovely photos. I like the capybaras, especially sleepy ones.

Daisy said...

He smelled his poo! Hahahaha! I never expected him to make that funny noise.

Cezar and Léia said...

Ha, we know those! They are not hard to find in Brazil, there's even some tapirs discussing laws in our National Congress! The capis (short name for the capybaras) are cute. They're the largest rodents in the world!
God bless you!
Cezar

CCL Wendy said...

Wow, very cool animals! That tapir sure has a wobbly nose, and yes, his voice his very high-pitched. Not what you would expect. I sure hope they clean up his poos real quick so he doesn't have to sniff them anymore.

the casbah kitten said...

How interesting. Jane says she speaks Tapir (I don't believe her) and she say's that he is saying:
"Cleanup on aisle #2!"
I think she's pulling my furs.

Alice

PS That's a really weird animal.

peggy and The Cats said...

Makes you wonder what Mother Nature was thinking when she made them????
National Geographic on the Cat with a Garden :)

BeadedTail said...

Thanks for introducing the Tapir to us! We enjoyed seeing and hearing him!

Tuck said...

What a strange animal! I have never seen one of those before...we definitely don't have them running around in Jersey!

michico*Adan said...

That is a very strange animal!

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