Every five minutes, a pangolin is captured in Asia or Africa to be sold in East Asia for his meat or scales, which are mistakenly thought to have medicinal properties. About one million pangolins were traded illegally in the last decade, and demand keeps growing. Between 2011 and 2013, about 116,990 to 233,980 pangolins were killed.
And people want to get as much money as possible from the sale - so they often inject the animals with water or force-feed them corn powder to make them weigh more, according to Phap Nguyen Cong, communications officer at Save Vietnam's Wildlife.
But some people are trying to help these unique, shy animals.