Arya Visit and Tick Check

Arya, one of our wildlife rehab and release tapirs, stopped by for a visit. The guavas along the fence are ripe and numerous wild visitors have come to help themselves. While she was here, she laid down for a quick tick check from one of our resident chickens.

It’s incredible to watch two animals work together symbiotically like that –the chicken enjoys a snack, and the tapir gets fewer parasites. It’s also just cute.

More than ever, it’s vital to be aware that each of us is part of something bigger than ourselves. We need to remember that we are all in this together – although we should practice our interconnectedness on a less intimate scale than the two in the video. 😉
Read more about our Wildlife Rehab & Release program (& more about tapirs) here→


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    JoAnn Merriman Eaton says

    Definitely teamwork on their part. Still proven time and again nature is the greatest show on earth .??

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    SHEILA says

    awesome❤️just amazing how different species look after and care for each other knowing each others needs? truly amazing inner knowledge greater than most humans insight❤️

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    Kelejan says

    We see this same thing on rhinos and bird, whales and small fish and other large creatures. Do we see it on elephants?

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    Sherry says

    The tapir is one of God’s weird creations. Oh, I love nature.

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    Muriel Servaege says

    Different species really have an insignt into each other’s needs.

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    Heidi says

    He fits right in with the elephants … that nose!

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    Debbie Sides says

    Love it! Reminds me of the little birds “grooming” hippos. A nice exchange.

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