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Customs hear small cries for help from plastic bags — make horrible discovery in man’s basement 1m22s

Customs hear small cries for help from plastic bags — make horrible discovery in man’s basement

Pangolins are the world's most trafficked mammal, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and are targeted for their meat and for use in traditional Chinese medicine. Poached pangolins, also known as ‘scaly anteaters’, have unfortunate fate and have been hunted from the wild, upholding a thriving trade primarily in China and Vietnam, that continues to supply chefs with the animal’s meat. Thirty-two pangolins were found and rescued after a dramatic chase. These animals were found tied up in tight nets and plastic bags, struggling for air and space, with no access to food or water. It took a while to take them out, as they were found covered by their own poop and urine. All of them managed to survive these harrowing conditions and are were brought back to the center alive. When transported some had to share a box, but they all look strong and made it alive. Pangolins have large, protective keratin scales covering their skin, and they are the only known mammals with this feature. They live in hollow trees or burrows, depending on the species. Pangolins are nocturnal, and their diet consists of mainly ants and termites which they capture using their long tongues. Unfortunately, scenes like these are common. In fact, pangolins are the most trafficked mammals in the worldthe most trafficked mammals in the world, with populations rapidly declining due to a growing demand for their meat and scales. The species are the only mammals completely covered in scales, which provides them an effective defense against all their predators except humans. It is estimated that more than one million pangolins have been taken from the wild and illegally traded over the past decade alone.

Rescuing new 113 confiscated pangolins!2m42s

Rescuing new 113 confiscated pangolins!

It is so sad to see what these 113 Pangolins went through. As many as 118 Pangolins were transported from Laos's border to northern Vietnam. The amount of suffering they have gone through is ridiculous. Each and every one of them was stuffed in tire bags and they had no access to food or water. Luckily SVW was there to save them right away. They were carefully removed from the suffocating tire bags and were put into wooden boxes where they were then immediately sent to safety. Not all of them survived as they were forced by traders. If you are interested in pangolins, check out this book to learn a lot more about these amazing animals. There are now 139 pangolins that are currently being kept at SVW. They need lots of human resources and 35kg of food everyday. $10: will help us buy a kg of food to feed our pangolins. Please support SVW to take care and return these pangolins back into the wild: http://savevietnamswildlife.org/support-us/donate/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/save.vietnams.wildlife/?fref=nf

Hundreds Of Confiscated Pangolins Are Being Rescued By Save Vietnam's Wildlife5m09s

Hundreds Of Confiscated Pangolins Are Being Rescued By Save Vietnam's Wildlife

A speeding car refusing to stop for a routine check was a sure sign to the northern Vietnam’s police that the driver had something to hide. They speed-chased car for a while, fired warning shots in the air, but managed o stop it only after shooting its tires. Inside, they found 118 tightly wrapped critically endangered pangolins, bagged and piled one atop of the other, with no access for food, water or air. This is a video of animal cruelty at its finest. The hundreds of rescued pangolins are tied up in some kind of green net, taken out of the vehicle and carefully placed into Save Vietnam Wildlife boxes. Good thing for the 113 pangolins that the rescuers saved in time. For five of these critically endangered species, the rescue, unfortunately, came too late. The pangolin looks like a cross between an anteater and a lizard, and is known to roll into a ball when threatened. It is a unique looking mammal, very obscure for most people, and still, you will be amazed to learn that this is the most frequently trafficked animal in the world, sought for both its meat and the supposed medicinal properties of its scales. Fortunately, there are NGO’s like Save Vietnam’s Wildlife (SVW) which are devoted to rescuing and releasing pangolins back in the wild. They work closely with Vietnam’s police officers in handling and caring for the confiscated pangolins; they also have built rescue centers where the endangered species are rehabilitated and waiting to be released. Sometimes, all you need is good and kind people to do something incredibly nice like this and make the world a better place.