Baby pangolins are called Pangopups, they are 6 inches long and weigh only 12 ounces at birth. They are born with soft, transparent scales which develop as they grow. Pangopups nurse for 3-4 months but begin eating insects after their first month. In their first month they also begin traveling with their mothers.
I enjoy riding on my mother’s tail where I am safe from any harm, I also begin to explore the world at this age. I am amply adventurous and start to become independent, I learn to walk on all four legs and on my hind legs while my tail balances me out. My tail is strong, flexible and can act as a fifth limb. I also learn to find insects and protect myself from danger, although I remain at home until I am a year old. While we may look like reptiles such as armadillos and anteaters, our DNA is closer to cats and dogs. We are the only mammals in the world with scales, which makes us utterly unique. My species is quite fragile and need to be left in the wild or we may have shorter lifespans or get diseases such as pneumonia, stomach ulcers and parasite infections. We are much healthier and happy when we are not held in captivity.
In a YouTube video by ‘Great Big Story’ [Jan 9. 2020], Dr Ray Jansen stated: “We can turn it around and you know its not too late. Stop utilizing them, populations will recover. Leave their habitats alone and they have the potential to make a full comeback”. This statement could not have been put in better words. In order to see growth in the number of pangolins, this is precisely what we could do to change the future of these dear creatures. They need us, and we equally need them.
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