Zoo New England announced yesterday that its baby Baird’s tapir has recovered from its bout with pneumonia and is back on exhibit at Franklin Park Zoo’s Tropical Forest.
The Zoo also announced that the baby has been named Seamus (pronounced “Shay – mus”).
To celebrate Seamus’ birth and speedy recovery, Franklin Park Zoo is inviting anyone who shares the baby’s name to visit the Zoo for free on Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6. Simply show proof of identification (driver’s license, birth certificate, passport) at the Zoo’s gates for free admission.
Following a two week long Zoo-sponsored baby naming contest, which garnered more than 1,200 entries from throughout the Commonwealth and even a few from overseas, the name was to be announced on April 18 but was delayed due to the veterinary team’s discovery of the baby’s illness. Pneumonia is one of the most common concerns with newborn hoofstock, but following aggressive treatment with antibiotic therapy, the Zoo veterinary team gave the baby a clean bill of health.
Among the responses to the naming contest, there were nine entries for the name Seamus.
The winning selection, made by the Tropical Forest’s 16 staff members, was chosen in part because the baby was born on March 16 to Milton, a 16-year-old male, and Abby, a 3-year-old female, the day before St. Patrick’s Day.
The 9 winning entries will each receive a coveted “Behind-the-Scenes” tour of Franklin Park Zoo and a one-year Zoodoption of this species.
For more information about Zoo New England visit http://www.zoonewengland.com/