Big teeth for Ronnie

Ronnie, our juvenile Brazilian tapir is starting to lose his baby teeth.

Ungulate keepers have noticed the youngster, who is almost three years-old, now has a few adult teeth.

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Senior keeper, Laura Robbins, said: “Ronnie has started to get a few adult teeth at the front. They look very different as they are much larger compared to the flatter baby teeth, and just like humans, the adult teeth push out the baby ones.”

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Ronnie has a way to go until all 32 adult teeth come through, but keepers will keep a close eye on his progress with mouth checks, which they carry out on all five tapirs in the South American paddock every day.

CAPTION: Open wide! Laura checks Ronnie’s teeth.