Just in case you haven’t heard of them, pangolin’s are adorable animals. Also known as scaly anteaters, these small, nocturnal mammals make their homes in the hollowed out trees and burrows often found in tropical Africa. Like their anteater cousins, they too enjoy feasting on the termites and grubs common to this area. But what makes these little guys truly unique, are the tiny keratin scales covering their entire bodies. Similar to our fingernails, these scales can be quite sharp around the edges, creating a line of defense for the small animal, who tend to roll up into tiny balls when they are threatened.
Unfortunately, pangolins are on the endangered species list. Their meat is prized as a delicacy in Africa and Asia, and their unique little scales are regarded as both decoration and medicine, which is why they are among the most trafficked animals in the illegal wildlife trade.
Today’s world can be a scary place for fellas like Katiti, the pangolin from this video, who now makes his home at the Rare and Endangered Species Trust (REST), in Namibia. These amazing people provide homes and care for animals like these, who are often displaced by rampant deforestation, and they even give them bedtime kisses!
If you would like to learn more about the life-saving work that they are doing at REST, visit their website by clicking here.