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Pangolins, an Endangered Species

Pangolins; one of the most fascinating yet mysterious creatures born here on Earth. Living in the regions of Africa and Asia, there are many types of the Pangolin species. Inhabiting Africa are the Tree, Giant Ground, Cape, and Long-Tailed Pangolins. In Asia, there are The Chinese, The Malayan, The Indian, and The Palawan Pangolins. However as many as there may seem to be, the Pangolin is one of the most trafficked animals in the world. Because of this, it leads to both more than a million per month being stolen from their natural habitats and their existence depleting.

The hunting of Pangolins happens due to their widely covered scaled body. It’s scales are made up keratin- the same material as human fingernails. As a result of this, it would be easy to mistake this mammal as an armadillo. As stated previously, because of its scales, the inhabitants of both Asia and Africa believe that the scales of a Pangolin can be used as medicine as stated in multiple articles. Although the scales of a Pangolin can heal some aspects of the human anatomy, the traditional medicine has no consideration of sustainability. Besides that, Pangolins are also endangered due to being illegally traded and poached for their meat, which is eaten as a luxury dish in Africa.

As stated before, the Pangolin is covered head to toe in keratin scales. There are many more interesting aspects of the Pangolins. They are about the size of a house cat and with the lifespan of forty five years- their lifespan decreases to nineteen years due to dying from torture and depression after getting captured. This adorable animal can roll up into an impenetrable ball of scales that can withstand the jaws of its enemies such as lions, tigers, and leopards. Sadly, this feature allows humans to easily capture them since it’s as easy as picking up a ball. Another element of this creature is that it is similar to the anteater. Their 40cm long sticky tongue that grows from inside their chest cavity. This lengthy tongue allows them to make quick work of their meal normally consisting of insects. They can catch around seventy million per year.

The Pangolin is a wonderful, harmless creature that doesn’t deserve the treatment it’s getting from humanity. Many people have begun to realize their wrongdoings against this creature and have set up multiple ways to try and help Pangolins. However, the population of Pangolins left rapidly continues to drop, working it’s way down to around 2,000 left. So let’s stop this, let’s save the Pangolins.

 

By: Sam Chapman

Photo Credits: https://www.telegraphindia.com/

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