Tapir escapes from enclosure at Denver Zoo

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Rinny the tapir

Rinny the tapir

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DENVER – Denver Zoo keepers were busy Wednesday morning capturing a 4-year-old female tapir named “Rinny” who briefly escaped from her enclosure.

The Malayan tapir never reached public grounds, according to Denver Zoo Spokesperson Sean Anderson-Vie. The area “Rinny” escaped to is in a contained landscape area separated from public access by fence.

Just five minutes after “Rinny” escaped, zoo keepers were able to secure her back into her exhibit with her tapir mate, Benny.

The Denver Zoo has two tapirs as a part of its new Toyota Elephant Passage exhibit which opened June 1.

Tapirs are similar in shape to a pig, with a short snout. Their size varies, but most are around 7ft. long and 3ft. tall, weighing between 330 to 700 lbs. They are native to South and Central America and Southeast Asia.

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