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Pangolins are kept in mesh bags and are usually force-fed a mixture of corn and stone powder after capture.
The pangolin’s armour protects it from most predators, except the one driving it to the brink of exinction – humans.
Pangolins curl up into a defensive ball when threatened by predators such as leopards and tigers, so that their hard scales envelopes all of their soft parts. Unfortunately, humans can simply pick them up and cart them away.
These mammals are taken from the wild for their scales, used in traditional medicine by those who believe they can reduce bleeding and help lactating women produce more milk. This is despite the fact that their scales are made of keratin – the same protein found in human fingernails.
But poachers value pangolins for their meat as well, capturing them in Asia and Africa – where they can be found in the wild – and sending them to places such as China and Vietnam.EXPAND FOR MORE