When seeing a Lowland Tapir for the first time in your life you usually won't believe your own eyes. Its appearance is already a huge statement for onlookers, but still pleasant to watch them in their natural habitat.
So imagine if you have the privilege to be in the lucky position to observe a young Lowland tapir until he is a grown up. Last year, 2014, I already introduced this lucky guy and here is a follow up:
Since 2013 I started to observe this young tapir. For the easy part, I call him Boris. He was under his mothers' guidance for more than a year. Sometimes I was lucky to see Boris and his mom crossing over the airstrip, but most of the times I observed both of them via the trap cam/trophy cam.
It was nice to see how he was doing and how he felt very comfortable near the resort. As seen in the video's shown above, you can see that Boris started with a signature habit: sitting while eating. After he left his mother or the opposite he still continues with this habit. Nowadays his mother is walking with another young tapir and she still comes by regularly to the tapir feeder. At first I thought that Boris went away to look for another location to claim as his territory. But it appears that Boris still lives in the neighborhood. You can easily recognize him when he is eating the plums. As he is the only tapir here who likes to sit comfortably in front of his food. All the other tapirs are standing while eating.
Sometimes I meet him during the day when he is strolling next to the airstrip. His friends, the caracara's and Giant Cowbirds, like to keep him company. Boris in return treats his friends with some tasty fresh 'snacks': tics. And here is a picture of Boris in broad daylight. Handsome fellow.