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Rare tapir born in wildlife park

AN endangered species of tapir has bred at the Shanghai Wildlife Park for the first time, officials said yesterday.

A baby Baird's tapir - native to Central and nothern South America - was born on December 20.

Its parents, Hua Hua and Dong Dong, came to the city in 2009, from the Beijing Zoo.

Both born in Beijing, the "couple" settled in well at the park, and in November, 2010, the wife Hua Hua became pregnant through artificial insemination.

Hua Hua has proved a good mother and began feeding her baby soon after it was born, said officials.

The baby tapir, named Jing Jing, is strong and healthy, said officials and could stand an hour after being born.

Park staff have altered Hua Hua's diet, adding extra vitamins.


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