Crazy for the Pangolin

Ever think to your hungry self “I could really go for a giant, roly-poly, tree-climbing, toothless anteater with scales, right about now?”

Me neither.

But in Gabon it happens.

Meet the pangolin.┬áIn the old days, before extinction was a very real threat, pangolin was considered top notch bush meat – great for beefing up stews and slathering with spicy sauces.

The only catch is, once this delightful animal rolls up into a ball, even lions cannot break through the scales to get a nibble.

Nice.

The scales are supposedly strong enough for armor. Just ask King George III – if you have a time machine handy (anyone friends with the Doctor?).

Happy Fun Fact Friday!

Photos: Joxerra Aihartza, Piekfrosch, Pangolin Waking Up, Acid Cow
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Comments

  1. Collette Lemons says:

    So where do you buy pangolin to eat?

    • Sasha Martin says:

      I’m pretty sure you can’t buy it… now that it’s on the endangered list. Anyone who sells it is probably shady.

  2. Brian S. says:

    You can buy them at the Qingping Market in Canton. Hey why not buy one and keep it as a cute pet?

  3. They make me think of armor, King Arthur, and the Knights of the Round Table… :)

  4. I voted other-they are not cute or appetizing but they are sure super cool. Talk about great protection!

    • Sasha Martin says:

      Little known fact – I took as many possible classes about Arthuriana in college as I could (not at the CIA, at Wesleyan in CT). I even taught a medieval cooking tutorial. LOVE all things King Arthur. :)

  5. Kinda like a rolly polly..remember collecting those little buggers as a child? As soon as they felt in danger..they would roll…and I would throw (carefully) them in a plastic cup and you can here them rolling round in there like a dried chick pea…now those were cute!..although if you’ve ever seen a close up shot of a beautiful butterfly or an innocent ladybug…not so “cute”.. :-) This was very interesting..thank you for sharing….good for my studetns!

    • Sasha Martin says:

      Oh yes, I remember the roly poly – but I never picked them up. I was a bit squeamish which… by the way… Ava seems to be too. Whoops.

  6. I love pangolins. They’re my favorite animal and I can’t even wrap my mind around so many people wanting this cute animal on a dinner plate or on their purse as design. I would honestly keep one as a pet if I could. Save the pangolins folks!

  7. Janet Goodell says:

    I couldn’t say cute, but interesting, yes

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