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First up, #3 ranked Lowland tapir vs #14 ranked Water Opossum!!! #2019MMM
Lowland tapirs (Tapirus terrestris) are really good swimmers. In Peru they are often refered to as sachavaca, a mixture of Quechua and Spanish, which means “forest cow." They eat mostly fruit & leaves. #2019MMM
Lowland tapirs are found in parts South America. Males average ~ 250kg, making them the largest extant terrestrial mammal native to the Amazon. Their noses are somewhat flexiable & can be used to grab fruit. goo.gl/24dHG5 #2019MMM
Baby tapirs are beyond adorable. It is impossible to look at one & not be delighted by their cuteness #totesadorbs #2019MMM
The water opossum is the only marsupial where both males & females have pouches AND the only semiaquatic marsupial. Females can swim underwater with young in their pouch due to a powerful muscle that seals the pouch closed. #2019MMM
In addition to having webbed feet, water opossum have a 6th digit on their forepaws they use as an oposable thumb; also look like Gollum #2019MMM`
Water opossum are found from southern Mexico to northern Argentina. Males have a mean weight of 470 g while females weight ~380 g #2019MMM
Tonight's battle takes place in the Tabaro River valley, southern Venezuela. This tropical rain forest is packed with the plants tapirs love. A water opossum is busy searching water for crusteans & fish. They prefer the calm waters here that are a rich source of prey #2019MMM
A Tapir appears! Tapirs often pull down stems & branches of the plants they browse upon, breaking & uprooting them. They are thus an important aspect of the forest ecosystem #2019MMM
Water opossum senses that danger is a foot….from a tapir's foot! #2019MMM
Grasping a shrimp, the water opossum scuttles off to find some food where it won't be squished #2019MMM
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