Zoo staff performs CPR on newborn tapir - WSMV News 4

Zoo staff performs CPR on newborn tapir

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Nashville Zoo staff had to think fast to save a newborn Baird's tapir - an endangered hoofed animal that is related to horses and rhinos- when the calf had stopped breathing shortly after he was born early this month.

Lanny Brown, the zoo's manager for herbivorous hoofed animals, told The Tennessean that tapir calves are born contained in an embryonic sac, which the mother breaks open. Brown said the mother didn't break the sac and the newborn stopped breathing.

Zoo staff got the mother out of the stall temporarily so Brown could perform the equivalent of CPR by breathing air into its snout and lungs for about 10 minutes.

Brown said as of Tuesday, the calf has grown up to 45 pounds and is thriving now.

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