In 2012 I will continue to do massive scanning of my 40+ years worth of tapir files and attempt to put more of the results online than I did in 2011. There are all kinds of things in the file from articles to photos to who-knows-what. Yesterday I came upon this story sent to me in 2000. The person who sent it is all grown up now, but the story is still fun:
Date: Sun, 7 May 2000 18:20:17 EDT
Subject: Ungulate Observer
I have a tapir story for you.
My family has always loved tapirs, and they are always the main reason we go to the zoo. One day, my dad came back from his run and told us a story. He had run up in the hills around our house, and had stopped to look at a house under construction. This is a very odd house, because it is a big bubble dome. He was looking, and then the owner of the house came by, and she said, "You can look around, but be careful, because there is a tapir around."
So my dad went and looked at the house, but he didn't see any tapirs. It was only then when he was telling it to us that he realized that the woman meant taper, as in one who tapes.
I'm not sure if this is the kind of story you want, because it doesn't involve real tapirs. My name is Spencer Easton, and I'm 13 (well, 14, in 6 days). I love your website, and have pictures of tapirs on my walls!
Spencer, I loved your story then and I still do. It's too bad it took me 11 years to get it online :-) Who knows what else I'll find in my files. . . .
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