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

Mountain tapir in Ecuador. Ammit Jack/Shutterstock.

Danielle Andrew 31 Jul 2017, 23:28

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

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:



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

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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