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Captive audience for zoo's baby
Brazilian tapir Coco - Pic: Paignton Zoo
Tapirs can live for up to 30 years
A new arrival at a Devon zoo has had her own captive audience over the Easter holiday.

Coco, a five-week old Brazilian tapir, is the fifth success for Paignton Zoo's tapir breeding programme.

Parents Misha and Ryan have had to wait 13 months for their new offspring to arrive, providing a sibling for brother Quito who was born last January.

Coco was born with a striped coat for natural camouflage, but her stripes will disappear in about six months.

Tapirs live in wet forest and grassland and use their short trunk-like noses to pick out grasses, leaves, buds, fruits and aquatic vegetation.

You can always tell when she's out because of all the 'oohs and aahs'
Helen Wade, Paignton Zoo

Tapirs, which can live up to 30 years, are under threat in the wild from the destruction of their natural habitat.

Helen Wade, a trainee keeper at the zoo, said Coco is proving to be a big hit with visitors.

She told BBC News: "The public love her. You can always tell when she's out because of all the 'oohs and aahs'.

"The kids think she's wonderful and they're always asking questions about her."


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