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Watch A Tapir Scratch An Itch With His Enormous, Prehensile Penis

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Danielle Andrew

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clockJul 31 2017, 23:28 UTC
1446 Watch A Tapir Scratch An Itch With His Enormous, Prehensile Penis
Mountain tapir in Ecuador. Ammit Jack/Shutterstock.

I don't even know where to start with this one.

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There are four species of Tapir, all of which are endangered. A herbivorous mammal that can be found in the grasslands of Central and Southern America, across the Andes and in Southeast Asia, the tapir is a quirky-looking creature with a hog-like body and short gripping proboscis, or trunk.

Although interesting-looking in general, it is often known in mainstream media for strutting about with an impressively large penis – and one it isn't afraid to wave around.

Its prehensile penis (meaning it can grip with it) is used to keep hold of a female during copulation to ensure successful insemination.

But apparently, the tapir has found another unusual use for its lengthy member:

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I mean, how else would you scratch an itch if you didn't have long enough arms? Ingenious, I say.

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If you're interested in learning more about these fascinating creatures, check out 6 Things You Didn't Know About Tapirs.


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