One of the world's most adorable animals learns to walk

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One Of The World's Strangest And Most Adorable Animals Learns To Walk

The Edinburgh Zoo is celebrating the arrival of an adorable endangered Malayan tapir calf.

Born on May 19, the baby came into the world weighing about 24 pounds, but he won't stay that small for long.

Experts anticipate his size will double in the coming weeks, and before long the animal will tip the scales at over 500 pounds.

As the calf grows, he will lose his striking white markings.

Karen Stiven, one of the keepers at the zoo, said, "The tiny calf is doing very well and, whilst he is staying close to his mother, he has been rambling around a bit on his small shaky legs to explore his surroundings."

Once the animal is old enough, he will become part of the European Endangered Species Breeding Programme.

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One of the world's most adorable animals learns to walk
Indah, a three week old Malayan tapir chews on a twig during her first photocall at Edinburgh zoo, Scotland October 16, 2008. Malayan tapirs, which are an endangered species, are hoofed animals related to rhinos and horses and are found in the forests of Malaysia, Thailand, Burma and Sumatra. REUTERS/David Moir (BRITAIN)
Indah, a three week old Malayan tapir stands next to her mother Sayang during her first photocall at Edinburgh zoo, Scotland October 16, 2008. Malayan tapir's, which are an endangered species, are hoofed animals related to rhinos and horses and are found in the forests of Malaysia, Thailand, Burma and Sumatra. REUTERS/David Moir (BRITAIN)
Indah (R), a three week old Malayan tapir stands next to her mother Sayang during her first photocall at Edinburgh zoo October 16, 2008. Malayan tapir's, which are an endangered species, are hoofed animals related to rhinos and horses and are found in the forests of Malaysia, Thailand, Burma and Sumatra. REUTERS/David Moir (BRITAIN)
An 11 day-old female Malayan tapir cub walks at the Tama Zoo Park in suburban Tokyo December 23, 2007. REUTERS/Toru Hanai (JAPAN)
An 11 day-old female Malayan tapir cub sleeps beside its mother at the Tama Zoo Park in suburban Tokyo December 23, 2007. REUTERS/Toru Hanai (JAPAN)
An 11 day-old female Malayan tapir cub is seen beside its mother at the Tama Zoo Park in suburban Tokyo December 23, 2007. REUTERS/Toru Hanai (JAPAN)
An 11 day-old female Malayan tapir cub is seen beside its mother at the Tama Zoo Park in suburban Tokyo December 23, 2007. REUTERS/Toru Hanai (JAPAN)
"Semangka," a four week old Malayan Tapir, enjoys some food at her first public appearance at Sydney's Taronga Zoo December 10. "Semangka," which is Malay for watermelon, is believed to be the first of the jungle dwelling animals to be born in Australia. The endangered animals are closely related to horses and rhinoceroses and the youngster will weigh up to 400 kg when an adult. MDB/PB/SV
An 11 day-old female Malayan tapir cub is seen beside its mother at the Tama Zoo Park in suburban Tokyo December 23, 2007. REUTERS/Toru Hanai (JAPAN)
Young Malayan tapir 'Kedua' strolls through its enclosure at the zoo in Leipzig, eastern Germany on October 1, 2014. The animal was born on September 10, 2014. AFP PHOTO / DPA / PETER ENDIG +++ GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read PETER ENDIG/AFP/Getty Images)
Young Malayan tapir 'Kedua' strolls through its enclosure at the zoo in Leipzig, eastern Germany on October 1, 2014. The animal was born on September 10, 2014. AFP PHOTO / DPA / PETER ENDIG +++ GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read PETER ENDIG/AFP/Getty Images)
A young Malayan tapir walks in its enclosure in the zoo in Leipzig, eastern Germany, on March 27, 2013. The young tapir that was born in February 2013 was named 'Baru'.AFP PHOTO / JAN WOITAS (Photo credit should read JAN WOITAS/AFP/Getty Images)
A young Malayan tapir eats next to its mother in their enclosure in the zoo in Leipzig, eastern Germany, on March 27, 2013. The young tapir that was born in February 2013 was named 'Baru'. AFP PHOTO / JAN WOITAS GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read JAN WOITAS/AFP/Getty Images)
A young Malayan tapir eats an apple with the letter 'B' in its enclosure in the zoo in Leipzig, eastern Germany, on March 27, 2013. The young tapir that was born in February 2013 was named 'Baru'.AFP PHOTO / JAN WOITAS (Photo credit should read JAN WOITAS/AFP/Getty Images)
A young Malayan tapir eats next to its mother in its enclosure in the zoo in Leipzig, eastern Germany, on March 27, 2013. The young tapir that was born in February 2013 was named 'Baru'.AFP PHOTO / JAN WOITAS (Photo credit should read JAN WOITAS/AFP/Getty Images)
A young Malayan tapir walks in its enclosure in the zoo in Leipzig, eastern Germany, on March 27, 2013. The young tapir that was born in February 2013 was named 'Baru'.AFP PHOTO / JAN WOITAS (Photo credit should read JAN WOITAS/AFP/Getty Images)
A young Malayan tapir walks in its enclosure in the zoo in Leipzig, eastern Germany, on March 27, 2013. The young tapir that was born in February 2013 was named 'Baru'.AFP PHOTO / JAN WOITAS (Photo credit should read JAN WOITAS/AFP/Getty Images)
A young Malayan tapir walks through his enclosure at the 'Gondwanaland' of the zoo in Leipzig, eastern Germany, on March 7, 2013. The male baby tapir was born on February 9, 2013 at the zoo. AFP PHOTO / JAN WOITAS GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read JAN WOITAS/AFP/Getty Images)
A young Malayan tapir stands next to his mother Laila in their enclosure at the 'Gondwanaland' of the zoo in Leipzig, eastern Germany, on March 7, 2013. The male baby tapir was born on February 9, 2013 at the zoo. AFP PHOTO / JAN WOITAS GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read JAN WOITAS/AFP/Getty Images)
A young Malayan tapir stands next to his mother Laila in their enclosure at the 'Gondwanaland' of the zoo in Leipzig, eastern Germany, on March 7, 2013. The male baby tapir was born on February 9, 2013 at the zoo. AFP PHOTO / JAN WOITAS GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read JAN WOITAS/AFP/Getty Images)
A young Malayan tapir takes a bath in a pool of his enclosure at the 'Gondwanaland' of the zoo in Leipzig, eastern Germany, on March 7, 2013. The male baby tapir was born on February 9, 2013 at the zoo. AFP PHOTO / JAN WOITAS GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read JAN WOITAS/AFP/Getty Images)
A young Malayan tapir takes a bath in a pool of his enclosure at the 'Gondwanaland' of the zoo in Leipzig, eastern Germany, on March 7, 2013. The male baby tapir was born on February 9, 2013 at the zoo. AFP PHOTO / JAN WOITAS GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read JAN WOITAS/AFP/Getty Images)
A young Malayan tapir takes a bath in a pool of his enclosure at the 'Gondwanaland' of the zoo in Leipzig, eastern Germany, on March 7, 2013. The male baby tapir was born on February 9, 2013 at the zoo. AFP PHOTO / JAN WOITAS GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read JAN WOITAS/AFP/Getty Images)
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