Malaysia: Tapir strays into Seremban housing area

Nur Aqidah Azizi New Straits Times 30 Sep 17;

SEREMBAN: The presence of a Tapir, believed to have been lost has shocked the residents of Taman PJ Perdana here, last night, which had prompted them to seek help from the Department of Wildlife and National Parks (PERHILITAN).

It's resident association chairman, Datuk Mazlan Sabli said, the presence of the protected wildlife was noticed by the residents at about 10pm.

"This is the second time the animal has entered the housing area after the first incident occurred last week. We believe it could have been lost from a nearby forest area," he said.

He added, the animal was aggressive, probably due to an injury spotted on its foot.

"It had also damaged the resident's fence when it crashed into it in its effort to escape from the area," he said.

Mazlan said, the residents then contacted PERHILITAN for further action.

"However, the Perhilitan team hasn't been able to capture the animal and it is believed that it has run back into the nearby forest," he said.

Meanwhile, when contacted, state Perhilitan director Wan Mat Wan Harun said the department will continue its operation to trace the tapir today.