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Tapirus Indicus, the asian tapir

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The Asian or saddle-backed is a short-legged, massive, medium-sized animal with a shoulder height of about 75-120 cm. It is easily recognized by its short trunk or proboscis, black short-haired coat with white saddle, and distinct hooves. Tapirs are solitary forest dwellers, most active at night; therefore they are hardly ever seen. Originally, the Asian tapir lived in the humid tropical forests and forest swamps of the lower elevations of northern India, but at present it has disappeared from here entirely. The large ears and the bent trunk are very accurate, though the posture of the body is reminiscent of that seen in decorative bands with running lions at Amaravati and Nagarjunakonda, Andhra Pradesh. A tapir is recognized in sculpture by a short trunk and distinct hooves.

Keywords: Asian tapir; northern India; tropical forests



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