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Environmental agencies rescue two tapirs after recent forest fires

José María Morelos. Q.R. — Several environmental agencies were involved in the rescue of two adult tapirs in the southwest portion of the state after they were found in distress due to recent forest fires.

During a survey of the burned land, environmental agencies noticed the two animals had been affected due to the fires that consumed the vegetation that they normally ate. Elements from the Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection and the Institute of Biodiversity and Natural Protected Areas made the rescue of the two wild tapirs over the weekend.

Officials say they noted both showed signs of weakness and lack of coordination due to the low availability of food and water due to recent fires. Both animals were captured and transferred to the Payo Obispo Zoo in the city of Chetumal where they will remain under medical observation before being released.