Reid Park Zoo welcomes new addition - Tucson News Now

Reid Park Zoo welcomes new addition

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Animal keepers at the Reid Park Zoo said "hello" to a new addition.

The zoo's Tapir Contessa just gave birth to a calf.

Both mom and son are doing very well, but zoo officials said the mom isn't exactly friendly to her son. For his health and safety, he's being hand-raised by them.

It's rare for this to happen, but vets say its necessary.

Reid Park Zoo is part of a Tapir breeding program designed to create a stable population.

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