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Guys Find Pangolin In Their Dorm And Do The Exact Right Thing

He was trying to hide.

A couple of college students at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore woke up one morning to find a critically endangered pangolin hanging out in the dormitory common room.

The students contacted wildlife rescue experts, and by the time people from Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (ACRES) showed up to help the pangolin, he was curled up into a little ball, which is what pangolins do when they're frightened.

And, sadly, these animals have a lot to be afraid of. Pangolins are the most trafficked animal on Earth. In black markets across Asia, pangolins are sold for their meat, which is considered a delicacy, and their scales, prized in traditional medicine. Pangolin leather is even used to make boots. On the black market, a pangolin can fetch $1,000 or more.

The pangolin trade has reached epidemic proportions, which is why the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) voted in September to up their efforts to protect pangolins by supporting stricter punishments for pangolin trafficking. An estimated one million pangolins were traded illegally in the last decade, and demand keeps growing: Between 2011 and 2013, an estimated 116,990 to 233,980 pangolins were killed.

Pangolins can literally die of stress in captivity, which is why rescuers hurried to get this pangolin back in the forest, where he belongs.

Because the pangolin wasn't injured and didn't appear too stressed, rescuers picked up the pangolin, put him in a carrier and brought him to a spot in the woods where there were a lot of ants he could eat and fallen logs where he could hide.

"Most of the times in Singapore, wild animals get lost in our urban jungle and just need a bit of help to get relocated back safely into a natural habitat," Kalai Balakrishnan, director of ACRES, said.

Finally, the carrier door was opened, and the little pangolin could run free again. So, with a few cautious sniffs of the fresh air, that's just what he did.


ACRES is the only dedicated wildlife rescue service in Singapore, and it needs a new van to continue its rescue work. You can donate to help the get one here.


You can watch a full video of the pangolin's release below: