Alma the Tapir and Her Snacks

Alma is a tapir that came to us, initially as part of the wild animal rehabilitation and release program. Because she is blind and has some other medical issues, she is a permanent resident and has become a well-loved and sometimes cantankerous member of our sanctuary family. 

Each day, a caregiver brings Alma some browse – her favorite vines and branches – as a treat and to maintain a balanced diet. Here she is enjoying those snacks. We think she’s quite charming. 

P.S.: Part of the video is in slow motion, and there is a low, droning sound. Not to worry; it’s just a rooster making a racket, with the sound slowed down.


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    Greg says

    Looks like someone hasn’t been to the dentist for a while now. She can use a little dental work on those choppers. 🙂

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    Beji says

    All God’s creatures, great and small…

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    Alana says

    Are Tapirs nose considered similar to elephant trunks? sure looks like it. Alma is adorable.

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      Kat Blais says

      not that we know- they don’t suck water up into them or use it for any of those functions- it’s just a long, cute nose. 🙂

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    Carey says

    She looks a character. And she almost has a trunk, interesting!

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    Tammy says

    Awwww bless her lil heart, sure looks like shes enjoying those yummy treats! Good for her shes in great hands looks very happy she definitely deserves the royal treatment especially with everything shes got going on 💞

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    Katie Howard says

    Aww, she’s cute…and Hysterical! 🤗😁. Glad you explained about the “rooster soundtrack”! 🤣

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    Jen says

    Oh my goodness! What a delight to see! And how she is half anteater half boar half glamour vixen!! The peanut gallery seems quiet on Alma… but she is a treasure in my corazón. Thank you for another insightful sanctuary moment. Always love for what you do and how you conduct their sanctuary. xx

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    Audrey says

    Alma is totally adorable.

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    Wim says

    Alma the cute Tapir. There’s a place for everyone. Well done.

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    Lori Hoover says

    I love, love, love Alma. Look at that sweet, sweet face. I wonder if there is a guess on her age? I just hope she is with us for a long time.

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      Sara says

      We can’t be sure exactly how old Alma is, but she is at least 5.

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