He will be my constant companion for the next three weeks. Some of his endearing qualities:
- Tapirs near a water source will swim, sink to the bottom to allow small fish to pick parasites off their bulky bodies.
- Along with fresh water lounging, tapirs often wallow in mud pits.
- The thick skin on the backs of their necks helps to protect them from threats.
- When threatened, the creatures are able to run fairly quickly, considering their size and cumbersome appearance, and find shelter in the thick undergrowth of the forest or in water.
I think Marathon and I will get along quite well....