They are awfully cute creatures. The look almost like a cross between a pig and an anteater. The babies are even cuter.
Tapirs are solitary animals and endangered. They are related to horses and rhinoceroses. Their amazing little trunk is prehensile. They are good swimmers, but also enjoy pursuing along the bottom of a river for food. They appear clumsy and slow and are typically shy, but when threatned they will show their teeth and can run with remarkable speed.
I'm quite sure the marathon taper is related to the tapir. You feel clumsy, slow but at the end of the day, you're supposed to be able to run with remarkable speed, right?
Let's hope so because right now, I'm kinda wanting to go to the zoo to look at the tapirs instead of going through this marathon taper.