The pangolin is a shy, nocturnal creature who has been driven to the verge of extinction because of this rampant trade. All eight species of pangolin, which are native to Asia and Africa, are now critically endangered and the pangolin is considered the most highly trafficked animal on the planet.
Sometimes traffickers stuff live pangolins into cramped boxes and bags to ship them to the far East, where pangolin meat is also considered a delicacy. Occasionally, wildlife officials are able to intercept these shipments and the surviving pangolins get a chance to be rehabilitated and released into the wild.
Sadly, that isn't the case this time, as the bags were full only of scales from the bodies of thousands of pangolins.