MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Malayan tapir calf — who was born at the Minnesota Zoo in late July — now has a name after a public naming contest.READ MORE: Minneapolis Triple Shooting: 2 Boys, 1 Man Hurt In Drive-By Attack
The female tapir calf, the first born at the Zoo in more than 20 years, is now named Amirah. The name means princess and was the winning name with 401 votes.READ MORE: Carli Lloyd Fans Hope 'She Feels All The Love From Minnesota' During Final Int'l Match At Allianz Field
The Zoo says Amirah has quickly become a guest favorite. She now weighs 101 pounds and can be seen on exhibit each morning with her mother, Bertie.
Malayan tapirs are one of the most endangered animals in Southeast Asia with populations declining due to habitat loss from deforestation and agricultural palm oil plantations. Learn more here.MORE NEWS: Xcel Energy Seeks To Hike Electricity Rates By About 20%
Young tapirs can weigh as much as 450 pounds by 1 years old and reach adult size in 2 to 3 years.