Sassy the Tapir Makes an Appearance

Sassy the tapirWhile doing evening medications with Bodhi, one of the sanctuary cats, Kat came upon Sassy, a tapir that was part of our wildlife rehabilitation program. When we release a rehabilitated animal back into the wild, we don’t know if we’ll ever see them again (which can be a good thing). You just have to give them their freedom and hope they flourish in their natural habitat. Sassy, however, comes through a couple of times a year.

When Kat spoke, Sassy made the little cricket noise that tapirs use to communicate. Kat kept some distance between herself and Sassy, trying to quietly observe her and make sure she looks healthy. Last year, Sassy returned to the sanctuary when she was seriously injured by what we assume was a pack of dogs. She did this, likely knowing that if she came back, she’d receive care. So, when we see her, we like to look her over to ensure there are no obvious issues that need to be addressed.

One obvious new development is that Sassy appears to be pregnant – the second time since her release. Based on our observations, her body condition is great and she’s very sturdy. It’s always nice to know that the animals we care for are thriving. And it’s especially nice to see that Sassy is bringing new babies into the world.

Photo of Sassy taken at night while she was wandering sanctuary grounds


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    Terry says

    Sassy certainly looks fantastic and very much pregnant! I hope she comes back to show off her baby when she has it!

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    Nancy says

    Official Diagnosis: YEP! Sassy looks GREAT !! ( :

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    Karen says

    Sassy looks beautiful!

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    Carolyn Clarke says

    She looks the picture of health to my untrained eyes. I wonder if she came back to show off her pregnant belly to Kat. Look mama, you’re going to be a granny soon. 😆
    Do tapirs have single or multiple births?

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      Kat Blais says

      generally single. we’ll never know why she came back (except when she comes during mango season 😂) but it’s nice to see she is well.

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    Beji says

    Never, as in ever, did I think I would be invested in the life of a tapir. But here I am, another member of team Sassy…

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    Sue says

    What a lovely update! Congrats Sassy!!! ❤️

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    Sherry says

    Sassy comes back to see her wonderful old friends! She misses you all!

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    Merry says

    She is lovely! Do you have any idea what is the size a tapir’s range?

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    Bonnie says

    Maybe she comes back because she knows you all are good people and feels safe

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    Patricia says

    Oh, I just love her. I’ll bet she’s a real good mom, too! Love and blessings to Sassy!

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    Shelley Russell says

    Lovely photo of beautiful Sassy!

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    Johnny says

    What an amazing planet we live on with all these incredible creatures, many of whom live on the sanctuary grounds. Elephants and tapirs, oh my!

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    Carey says

    Wonderful news, very well done!!

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