Wild Caribbean: The Caribbean’s Most Unusual Animals

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April 22, 2014

3. Tapir (Belize)

Guyana, Belize, Suriname, Panamaโ€”these places are all Caribbean culturally speaking. But, for the purposes of this list, we’ve mostly stuck to animals which can be found on geographically Caribbean islands. We had to make an exception, though, for the tapirย or “mountain cow,” as it’s known in Belize, a place near and dear to our heart. Hell, it’s even the national animal.

The largest land mammal found in South and Central America, the tapir’s closest relatives are horses andย rhinoceroses. In addition to the tapir’s long, distinctive snouts, male members of the species are known for theirย members. Yep, the well-endowed tapir boasts one of the largest penises in the animal kingdom; they can even move and carry objects with them.ย Despite their bulky and somewhat comical appearance, these animals are skilled swimmers and exceptional mountain climbers, making them well adapted for survivalโ€”on a number of fronts.