Tender tapir moment

A beautiful moment between our mum and daughter Brazilian tapirs has been captured on camera.

DZG Assistant Curator Jay Haywood was walking past the South American paddock towards closing time at the end of a busy Mother’s Day when he stopped to watch mum Meena and daughter Luna swimming together.

The youngster, now 10 months, can be seen following mum around the pool, playfully going underwater before sneaking up to mum for a delightful kiss.

Jay said: “It was late afternoon on Mother’s Day and it had all gone quiet. I was on my own watching the tapirs and decided to film them playing in the pool.

“It was wonderful to watch them enjoying being together and seeing the very loving moment when they rubbed faces. It was so special to see this tender moment between mum and daughter, especially on Mothering Sunday.”