Meet Adi the baby tapir

As seen in the video (below), the youngster took a few tentative steps in to the water under the watchful eye of mum, before taking the plunge and swimming alongside Gertie.

Named Adi by an online poll on the Zoo’s facebook page, the male infant’s new moniker means precious in Malay – and was one of the options chosen by his keepers.

Weighing just 20kg, the 20 inch-tall infant will lose his distinctive spotty markings when’s he around six months old, and his fur will soon resemble mum’s iconic monochrome pattern.

Part of the European breeding programme for endangered species; the new arrival is a cause for celebration at the Zoo, as these animals are classed as vulnerable in the wild due to habitat loss and hunting.

Visitors to the Zoo will be able to see the adorable youngster playing outside through the summer months and for those who want to see more, Gertie’s full pregnancy, and Adi’s first hours were all captured on camera by a behind-the-scenes film crew, as part of a three-part documentary series which will be broadcast on ITV1, from Wednesday 10 July at 8:00pm.

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