Fanta, South Africa —Pangolins have millions of years of history, are lonely, usually active at night, and completely harmless.
But in Africa, hundreds of thousands of people are poached every year, almost extinct.
Ray Jensen, Chairman of the African Pangolin Working Group and Professor of Protectionism in South Africa, said: “If you use rhino, ivory, ivory variants, tiger bone, and lion bone together, plus one hundred times, the pangolin will still exceed this range .” Tshwane University of Technology.
Pangolins salivate because of their scales. It is mistaken for its healing power and is used in many Chinese medicines.
They have no natural enemies in the wild. Their only predators are humans.
These animals sell for about US$1
In a recent case, he helped the police capture six men and rescued one of the animals that was optimistically called “lucky.”
These people faced up to 10 years in prison for illegally owning endangered animals, but were sent to prison. The lucky ones were taken to the Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital. Veterinarian Karin Lourens and her team were injured. But she doubted whether he could be saved. Few pangolins rescued from traffickers can withstand the trauma of torture.
Despite years of medical training, Lorenz still feels helpless.
She told CBS News: “The suffering he experienced was just a stupid scale, nothing. No medical value.”
For those who do this, & Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve has a special haven 250 miles away. A small number of rescued pangolins have been released into the wild and are continuously monitored by tracking equipment.
This made the reserve manager Simon Naylor quickly realized that the pangolin rescued eight months ago was ill.
Nalo said: “We immediately noticed that he was tailing.” The next day, minor injuries will be treated by a veterinarian.
The pangolin was initially identified as one of the main suspects in the transmission.For humans, its unique immune system has been developed for millions of years, and may also contain the answer to the pandemic. Scientists in Vienna have been studying why pangolins can carry this virus without getting sick.
Nello said: “I think the important thing is that we need to invest more resources to understand these animals, and it is clearly beneficial to us. Because I think they do help our health.”