A Malayan tapir is believed to have swum from Malaysia to Singapore after it was recently found at Punggol Park Connector in Singapore.
Malayan Tapir found in Singapore
According to the Joint Chief Executive Officer of the Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (ACRES), Kalai Vanan Balakrishnan, they received a public report concerning the presence of this animal.
However, he said, the Tapir has since returned to the sea.
“We hope that if it is captured, it will be sent back and find a suitable habitat in its original place,” he was quoted as saying to The Straits Times.
Mothership also reported that the Wildlife Management of the park is aware of the sighting of a Malayan Tapir at Punggol.
Previously, the discovery of this animal went viral in the country after several social media users shared pictures and videos of the tapir in the park.
In one of the viral video clips, the rear part of the tapir can be seen swaying from left to right as it walks along the path before disappearing behind the vegetation.
Sighted in 2016
In 2016, a Malayan tapir was found in an area in Changi around 4.30 am, running near a metal fence.
Before this, the last time a tapir was recorded in Singapore was in 1986 on Pulau Ubin.