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Endangered baby tapir now has a name after public vote

Meet little Rony... Credit: Chester Zoo

A rare Malayan tapir born at Chester Zoo has been named following a public vote.

The calf, born on July 18 and unveiled by the zoo earlier this week, has been given the name Rony.

More than 30,000 people voted in the poll which asked animal lovers to choose between the names Rony and Thom.

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Rony is only the second Malayan tapir ever born at the zoo.

Team manager Sarah Roffe said at the time: "The precious calf is another big boost for the international breeding programme, which is working to ensure the already endangered species do not become extinct.

"In the wild, the Malayan tapir population has crashed in recent times, largely due to the wide-spread conversion of their forest habitat to palm oil plantations."