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2 Tapirs Get Hit By Cars While Trying To Cross Roads In Terengganu And Johor

One of the tapirs died this morning.

Cover image via @redzuanNewsMPB (Twitter)

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A tapir was recently hit by a car while trying to cross a road near Kampung Serdang Baru in Terengganu

Today, 28 September, Media Prima Berhad journalist Mohd Redzuan Abdul Manap shared photos of the animal bleeding after it was hit.

According to the tweet, the cars had tried to avoid the animal but were unable to, resulting in a crash. 

Despite bleeding, the animal had picked itself up, crossed the other side of the road, and stumbled into some bushes

In a following tweet, Mohd Redzuan Abdul Manap wrote that the "Director of the Terengganu Department of Wildlife and National Parks (PERHILITAN), Dr Abdul Malek Mohd Yusof said the adult tapir had fled into a nearby forest in an injured condition".

Since the tweet went viral, Malaysians have been expressing their concern for the injured animal as well as for the drivers

Image via Twitter

One person tweeted that drivers should be more alert since there are tapir signboards along the road.

Image via Twitter

Another person commented that "if you see an animal on the road, slow down. We are smart. But animals are not".

In a separate incident this morning, a female tapir died after apparently getting hit by a vehicle in Johor

Harian Metro reported that residents found the endangered tapir lying on the side of the road near Felda Kahang Barat at 8am.

According to Johor Wildlife and National Parks Department (PERHILITAN) director Salman Saaban, the tapir had suffered head injuries after possibly getting hit by a car.

"Road users are advised to always be careful when driving at night, especially when passing through areas near forests or wildlife habitats," he added.

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