Oct 19, 2012 6:36 PM by Greg Boyce

Denver Zoo staff saves baby tapir

It took mouth to snout resuscitation, but a Malayan tapir baby is now doing just fine at the Denver Zoo.

On September 3 a Malayan tapir named Rinny was giving birth at the zoo and could not free her baby from its amniotic sac.  Assistant Curator of the Toyota Elephant Passage Rebecca McCloskey and veterinarian Gwen Jankowski were able to breath into the baby's snout until it bagan to breath on its own.

"It's always a little scary when something like this happens, but thankfully we all have great resources and training," says McCloskey. "It was such a relief to see him finally take those first breaths."

Thanks to the zoo staffers' efforts, the young infant named Dumadi is now walking and swimming just fine. The tapir is currently doing well with his mother behind the scenes. This is the first birth of his species at the zoo and the first birth of any species in Toyota Elephant Passage.

Dumadi, named for the Indonesian word meaning "becoming," is the first birth for both Rinny and his father, Benny.



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