‘Aggressive’ tapir checks into top floor of hotel after ramming cars in rampage

An "aggressive" tapir had to be tranquilized when it was found on the fifth floor of a hotel after going on a rampage.

The wild Malayan tapir surprised staff at the Hatten Hotel in Melaka on New Year's Day when it was spotted roaming in the parking lot.

A team of eight men were sent from the Melaka Tengah Fire and Rescue station to tackle the beast, which was described as being "slightly aggressive" according to the New Straits Times.

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Upon reaching the 250kg beast, the team then called the Malaysian Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) to assist them.

Melaka Tengah Fire and Rescue operations chief Mohd Sofian Hassan said the animal's temperament required the parking structure to be sealed off while a 10-men team from the country's Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) tried to trap it.

According to Harian Metro , the Perhilitan team had to tranquilise the tapir thrice before they were able to subdue it, but not before it had rammed and damaged several vehicles.

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Perhilitan state director Mohd Firdaus Mahmood said the whole operation took four hours, according to Free Malaysia Today.

The animal, which is very rarely seen in Melaka, had been reported several times over the past two weeks but the Perhilitan team had been unsuccessful in tracking it down.

It is thought the tapir had followed a vehicle into the parking structure before getting lost on its top floor.

For the moment the creature, which was slightly injured on its leg during its capture, will be kept at the Melaka Zoo but will eventually be sent to the National Wildlife Sanctuary Centre in Sungkai, Perak.


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