Apparently, there were some viral photos of a tapir killed while trying to cross the road that surfaced on social media platforms recently.
This is not the first time that an incident like this happened. Back in April 2016, another tapir was killed in a similar fashion after a vehicle knocked it down.
Presumably, this tapir was killed by a vehicle based on the photos taken at the Malaysian highway that were shared by Malaysian Nature Society’s Facebook fanpage.
It’s really sad to see that the Malaysian Government have no interest to protect endangered animals like Tapir. Instead, they allocated a RM2.25 million to protect pandas annually.
Previously a thriving animal, tapir is considered as one of the most endangered largest mammals in the world today. It is a herbivore and it feeds only leaves, twigs, branches, buds, shoots, berries, fruits, and aquatic plants.
The reason why tapirs are heading to extinction is because humans are destroying their habitat and poaching them.
Tapirs are usually found in Malaysian forests and around areas that are closer to the water so that they can take their bath easily and enjoy their life.
It is due to urbanization and rapid deforestation that most of the gentle animals were forced out from their natural habitats.
According to New Straits Times, there are only around 1100 to 1500 tapirs left in Peninsular Malaysia.
If we do not do something to protect these endangered animals, our future generation will not have a chance to see them.