Not sure what this cute little critter is? Then let us introduce you to the pangolin. They've been around for about 80 million years and they're the only mammals in the world that are covered in scales. Their tongue can be longer than their bodies and they can also let off a foul-smelling odor like skunks when in danger. The word 'pangolin' comes from the Malay word 'pengguling', which means "rolling up". This is a reference to the pangolin's habit of rolling into a ball like a pill bug whenever they feel threatened.

Unfortunately this makes them easy to capture, and it's estimated that 100,000 pangolins are caught and sold every year. Most of them get shipped to China and Vietnam where their meat and scales are sold for food and medicine. Because of this, all eight species of pangolin are now on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of animals threatened with extinction. You can learn more about them here.

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Firdia Lisnawati Report

Amanda Panda 2 years ago

Tomorrow we ride? I'm too tired tonight momma

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Taipei Zoo Report

Hans 2 years ago

that tongue!

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Joel Sartore Report

Jana Fuentes 2 years ago

I never expected anything with scales to be so amazing!

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KermitTheSnail Report

Amanda Panda 2 years ago

Um...excuse me... I... I has one of these, please?

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VOA Report

Don't Listen To Me 2 years ago

Damm That Thing Is Tiny

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Taipei Zoo Report

Jana Fuentes 2 years ago

Um...is he pretending to be awake, or pretending to be asleep?

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African Pangolin Working Group Report

Hans 2 years ago

It is not a furball...it is a scaleball!

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Michael Report

Don't Listen To Me 2 years ago

"Hold On"

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Taipei Zoo Report

Laura Butzlaff 2 years ago

Looks like a pine cone lol

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Taipei Zoo Report

Jana Fuentes 2 years ago

"Finally! Food!!"

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Guy Colborne Report

•_• 2 years ago

What was that?

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African Pangolin Working Group Report

Julie Jablonowski 2 years ago

Neener neener

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Loopdeloops Report

Juls Robertson 2 years ago

Is he 'flippin' the bird??

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Suzi Eszterhas Report

Simin Lai 2 years ago

Awwww how precious!

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Niveks Report

Simin Lai 2 years ago

Look at its eyes, in no way less expressive than a doge's

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Maria Diekmann Report

Julie Jablonowski 2 years ago

Sleep licking?

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Paul Hilton Report

Lee Jacobson 2 years ago

Mom? are you still in there?

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Maria Diekmann Report

•_• 2 years ago

Welcome to cute therapy what can I help you with?

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Wildlife Reserves Singapore Report

Julia Findlay 9 months ago

It's so ugly it's cute...

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Christian Boix Report

Julie Jablonowski 2 years ago

Play "stayin alive" in your head and imagine the swagger.

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Taipei Zoo Report

Julia Findlay 9 months ago

OH YEAH DUDE! JUST SNUFFLIN'

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Wildlife Reserves Singapore Report

Julia Findlay 9 months ago

Let me eat off my tail...

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Taipei Zoo Report

Julia Findlay 9 months ago

Ooh! So soft!

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cheelap Report

Julia Findlay 9 months ago

*snuffle

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Tory Braden Report

Juls Robertson 2 years ago

'THE CREEPER' heee

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Aelegans Report

Julie Jablonowski 2 years ago

Incredible tail!

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Guy Colborne Report

Julia Findlay 9 months ago

Should I be scared...?

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Taipei Zoo Report

Mich Chen 2 years ago

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Creepy Alien? vs Constipated Carp?

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Taipei Zoo Report

Melody Lanzatella 2 years ago

*burp*

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SanWild Wildlife Sanctuary Report

Julie Jablonowski 2 years ago

Brave and committed caretaker to give this awesome animal cuddles.

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ROBOTvsMAN Report

Juls Robertson 2 years ago

Looks like 'he' was harvested out of the garden. haa

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Taipei Zoo Report

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Lucy Cooke Report

Julie Jablonowski 2 years ago

Soo cute.