Weird animal of the week

This animal looks like a pig with an extremely long nose, but the weird-looking Malayan tapir is actually most closely related to the horse and rhinoceros! 

Found in the dense, swampy rainforests of south-east Asia, tapirs are considered 'living fossils' because they represent an animal group that has changed little over the past 30 million years. 

One of the tapirs unique features is having four toes on the front feet, and only three on the back. 

Weighing up to 360kg and standing nearly 1 metre high, the Malayan tapir has the peculiar ability to walk on the bottom of rivers or streams.

It also uses its long, rubbery snout – normally used to pull leaves off a tree – as a snorkel when it submerges itself underwater to hide from danger.