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

savevietnamswildlifePublished: April 13, 2017Updated: April 14, 2017381,275 views
Published: April 13, 2017Updated: April 14, 2017

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.

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    bohuggabee · 1 year ago

    save the sandslash!

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      bohuggabee · 1 year ago

      LET THE FREE YOU ASSHOLES!

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    Lokilok · 1 year ago

    Those poor babies... :( So glad they were rescued.

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    Equinefine · 1 year ago

    Effing people. Put the people in tightly wrapped nets and see how they like it!!! Thank God they were found and rescued. But you know it will happen again and again!

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      valentina · 1 year ago

      What is with Asian superstition? Rhino horns, tiger bones, pangolin scales? For an "intelligent" culture they sure do some ignorant stuff. <smh> Thank goodness there is a group there to advocate for the wildlife.

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      savevietnamswildlife · 1 year ago

      97 of them were recovered and released back into the wild: https://www.facebook.com/save.vietnams.wildlife/videos/1500991443297761/

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    hootbah · 1 year ago

    Sure wish we could see something, or understand what is being done here!

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      savevietnamswildlife · 1 year ago

      97 of them were returned to the wild successfully. https://www.facebook.com/save.vietnams.wildlife/videos/1500991443297761/. We just rescued 31 new confiscated pangolins from illegal trade. You can support our work at: http://savevietnamswildlife.org/support-us/donate/

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    jdgreenewithane · 1 year ago

    I wonder what condition the pangolin are in after such a horrible act of cruelty. Are they able to recover from this, or were some injured or worse?

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      savevietnamswildlife · 1 year ago

      Please watch the video to see the 97 of them were released back into the wild: https://www.facebook.com/save.vietnams.wildlife/videos/1500991443297761/