Colonel Naing Tin Nwe, tactical operations commander, handed over an endangered species of tapir to U Tin Tun, deputy director of the Kawthoung district forestry department on Wednesday morning at Aung Thu Ra Hall, Kawthoung military area.
While clearing ground for cultivation, U Soe Htike, a farmer of Ayemya Tharyar village, Khamaukkyi, Kawthoung District on March 13 found an animal assumed to be a tapir and its young. The mother tapir ran away out of fear, leaving her offspring. U Soe Htike handed over the baby tapir to the nearby tactical operation command of Kawthoung on March 18. The tapir is a large, herbivorous mammal similar to a pig.
The male tapir is 32 inches long, 18 inches high and 23 inches wide, with black-and-white striped skin similar to a tiger.
The district forestry department of Kawthoung district will keep it temporarily and will hand it over to Nay Pyi Taw zoological garden, it is learnt.
Kyaw Soe (Kawthoung)