Pangolins can roll up to protect themselves from predators, just like armadillos or roly-poly bugs. This lioness is saying “No, thwarted again by the mighty pangolin! Nooooooo!”
Pangolins are the only mammal with scales covering their body made of keratin. Keratin’s the stuff our hair and fingernails are made of. This is what they look like up close:
Unfortunately, Pangolins are popular – they’re the most trafficked mammal in the world. It’s believed Pangolin scales, when ground, can cure asthma or cancer – of course, this isn’t true. Their meat is also a popular dish.
Between humans hunting them and deforestation, pangolins are threatened species, with two species listed as critically endangered. But seriously, how could you eat this little guy?