Educational Caption: Don’t laugh! This animal’s funny appearance has kept it alive on this planet for millions of years, unchanged. This is a tapir and there are at least four known species in South America, Central America, and Southeast Asia. While is looks like an anteater or a pig with a trunk, it is really more closely related to a horse or a rhinoceros. Its snout is essential to its survival. The tapir can use its snout to grab things such as leaves or fruit on a tree that it wants to eat. It sometimes hides in water, sticking just its snout above the surface like a snorkel, so that it can breathe. If you think this adult tapir looks funny, you should see its babies! They look like little running watermelons with their jagged white stripes.