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Tapir born at Tucson's Reid Park Zoo

A Baird's tapir was born at Tucson's Reid Park Zoo on Saturday, and now is being raised by hand. (Source: Tucson Reid Park Zoo) A Baird's tapir was born at Tucson's Reid Park Zoo on Saturday, and now is being raised by hand. (Source: Tucson Reid Park Zoo)
TUCSON, AZ (CBS5/AP) -

Worker's at Tucson's Reid Park Zoo celebrated their first arrival of the new year when a tapir was born Saturday.

The mother, a Baird's tapir named Contessa, went through a 13-month pregnancy before delivering the yet-to-be-named male calf, according to a zoo news release.

Both tapirs were healthy, but the mother was not nursing the baby and displayed some aggression, so for his health and safety he is being hand-raised by zookeepers, a rare but necessary occurrence, according to the release.

The zoo participates in the Baird's tapir Species Survival Plan, a managed breeding program designed to maintain a stable group of tapirs.

Native to Mexico and Central America, the Baird's tapir is an endangered species.

They are sometimes mistaken for pigs or anteaters because of their trunk-like snout, but they are more closely related to the rhinoceros and horses.

Copyright 2014 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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