Quiet, solitary and nocturnal, the pangolin has few herbal enemies, however researchers consider it’s the maximum trafficked mammal on the earth. The cruel scales overlaying its frame are wanted to be used in Chinese language drugs, within the faulty trust that they have got therapeutic homes.
The animal has additionally been of hobby to researchers all the way through the coronavirus pandemic. Comparable viruses had been present in trafficked pangolins, even though there’s persisted uncertainty round early theories that pangolins have been concerned within the transmission of the virus from animals to people.
BBC Africa correspondent Andrew Harding adopted South African police as they seized a pangolin from suspected smugglers, and met vets as they attempted to avoid wasting the animal’s existence.