Tapir born in Israel, named Pinhas

Yet another adorable baby animal was born at the Ramat Gan Safari near Tel Aviv.

Passiflora and Pinhas

This time it’s a South American tapir, a large mammal, similar in shape to a pig, with a short, prehensile snout. Pinhas, born earlier this week, weighed about 9 pounds when his mother Passiflora (Hebrew for passion fruit) gave birth to him. His father, Meir, had to be removed to ensure the newborn’s safety.

Last year, Passiflora gave birth to Pinhas’ older sister Papaya (it’s a tradition to give the newborn a name that starts with the first letter of the mother’s name).

South American tapirs are considered endangered, which makes Pinhas’ birth an even bigger cause for celebration. Baby tapirs are born with yellow stripes, and after six months they get their brown fur. — jta