We wanted to introduce you to one of the tapirs (antas) that came as a rehab/release, but will be a permanent resident of sanctuary. After her arrival it was quickly evident that she was blind- so this will be her home.
With the manifestations of all of her physical issues, our best guess is that she was hit by a car, causing neurologic issues, an old break in her jaw and her loss of vision. She is an older lady, as you can see if you look closely at the photo, she sleeps with her tongue hanging out. This is because she only has one tooth left in the front of her bottom jaw.
She is very sweet, but only recently has decided human affection isn’t a bad thing. Coming from the wild, she didn’t see us as comforting, but now she is shifting, learning to trust us more and seeking us out when she is confused. She does have ‘episodes’ that are somewhat like small seizures, she becomes disoriented, she drools, sometimes she will spin- but recently if we can calm her, she’ll just lie down, let it pass and then fall asleep. Of course we are super protective of her, but she’s a tough girl and she has a bodyguard rooster named Ian, so she does ok.
July 18, 2018