So with natural species, if we look to forms very distinct, for instance to the horse and tapir, we have no reason to suppose that links ever existed directly intermediate between them, but between each and an unknown common parent.
It is just possible by my theory, that one of two living forms might have descended from the other; for instance, a horse from a tapir; and in this case direct intermediate links will have existed between them.
"Well, I interrupted, "any large South American animal--a tapir, for example."
This is not a conceivable bone either of a tapir or of any other creature known to zoology.
All the more did the affairs of the great world interest her, when communicated in the letters of high-born relations: the way in which fascinating younger sons had gone to the dogs by marrying their mistresses; the fine old-blooded idiocy of young Lord Tapir
, and the furious gouty humors of old Lord Megatherium; the exact crossing of genealogies which had brought a coronet into a new branch and widened the relations of scandal,--these were topics of which she retained details with the utmost accuracy, and reproduced them in an excellent pickle of epigrams, which she herself enjoyed the more because she believed as unquestionably in birth and no-birth as she did in game and vermin.
If we take on the one side, the elephant,  hippopotamus, giraffe, bos caffer, elan, certainly three, and probably five species of rhinoceros; and on the American side, two tapirs
, the guanaco, three deer, the vicuna, peccari, capybara (after which we must choose from the monkeys to complete the number), and then place these two groups alongside each other, it is not easy to conceive ranks more disproportionate in size.
Near the lower end of the valley I passed a number of tapirs
, and across the river saw a great sadok, the enormous double-horned progenitor of the modern rhinoceros.
Drayton Manor Park has launched brand-new zoo experiences, allowing animal lovers to get up close and personal with some of the world's most unique animals and even take selfies The new experiences at the Staffordshire-based attraction allow budding zoo keepers to get to grips with tapirs
, red pandas, snakes, a variety of invertebrates and skunks and get to meet the keepers that help look after them and take part in feeding and training sessions.
Sarah Roffe, team manager, said: "It's wonderful to hear the pitter-patter of tiny, spotty Malayan tapir
feet again for only the second time ever in the zoo's long history.
He is only the second baby tapir
to be born at the zoo, with the species at risk of extinction.
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are agile swimmers, typically doggy paddling with their heads out of the water, but they can stay underwater for several minutes, especially if hiding from predators as they use their snout as a snorkel.
Responding to the four cases of roadkill involving endangered species like the Malayan tapirs
and sun bears last month, Wan Junaidi said a sanctuary dedicated to research and data-gathering for the interbreeding of endangered species should be established to mitigate roadkill.