Today is World Pangolin Day.
Fun pangolin facts:
• Pangolins are the only mammals that are covered in scales, which are 20 percent of their total body weight.
• Pangolins eat about seventy million ants a year, which they slurp up with their sticky tongues which are longer than their bodies and attached near the pelvis and last pair of ribs..
• Baby Pangolins ride on their mother’s back and tail.
As animals go, they’re extremely laid back and very cool.
Less fun fact:
Pangolins the most trafficked animal in the world, possibly because their idea of a good defense is rolling into a ball which makes them easy to pick up. And estimated ten thousand pangolins are poached each year, which is why they’re endangered. (Damn it, do we have to destroy everything that is good and true in the world?)