February 8, 2009

Naughty, Naughty Ungulate

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , at 6:16 pm by davidmanning

One of the most (ahem) interestingly named animals around is the Filipino Molesting Tapir (tapirus filipansi).

The animal, native to a small area around Manila, Philippines, is called the molesting tapir not because of any sexual cravings, but because of the Spanish ‘molestar‘, which means ‘to bother’ or ‘to annoy’. The tapir is a notable pest, not only not afraid of man, but often seeking out people to beg food from.

The tapir made the IUCN 2008 Red List of Threatened Species due in part to its man-seeking nature, which makes it easy prey for hunters.