After we were settled back in our room Gail came by to tell us that a semi-tame Tapir was down at the dining hall so Steve and I went to see it. A crowd was gathered around feeding it bananas. It was interesting seeing a Tapir up close and I even felt its very tough, hairy skin. Tapirs have prehensile noses –like a very short elephant nose. They explained that this Tapir has a young one that it leaves in the woods to come for its treat of bananas. After it had its fill, it wandered back into the forest. Back in our room I found a small tick on me (not dug in yet at least) probably a gift from the Tapir.
Manu Wildlife Center, Manu National Park buffer zone, Peru, August 1, 2015.