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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Cute Tapir, Wrong Costume

Tapir Drawing by Diana Lapshina for a Russian Children's Book Artwork © Diana Lapshina

I just received this cute drawing from Russian tapir fan Valeri Volodin.

He wrote, "Hi Sheryl, I've just found a funny tapir picture from a Russian childrens' book about Latin America. But I think it's a Malayan tapir. Doesn't look like an American. Enjoy! Best regards, Valeri"

Tapirs appear in books so rarely (although the frequency is improving) that it's always good to see them. Valeri is right, the white saddle belongs to the Malayan tapir (from Asia), although the body coloring of that species is black, not pale brown.

Here is a link to the book, which will open as a PDF file. See also the tapir on page 2. . . .

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