03 Jun Our Mystery Animal is the Sunda Pangolin!
Posted at 16:07h in NHM
The scientific name of this animal is 𝘔𝘢𝘯𝘪𝘴 𝘫𝘢𝘷𝘢𝘯𝘪𝘤𝘢.
There are eight species (types) of pangolins in the world. Four species live in Asia (including the Sunda Pangolin) and four live in Africa. Sadly, Sunda pangolins are critically endangered because they are poached and killed for their meat and scales. If threatened, a pangolin will roll into a ball, hiding their vulnerable belly and other parts that are not protected by their tough scales. This behaviour unfortunately makes it easy for humans to capture them.
Baby pangolins are called pups, and they are born with all of their scales! Newborns pups have soft scales, which harden after birth.
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