Video: Horses Aren’t the Only Animals That Roll in the Mud to Their Owners’ Dismay

This pet Pangolin (a scaly African anteater-like critter) is taking the cutest mudbath EVER.

Many thanks to reader Lynn for sending this video our way! Enjoy:

[Earth Touch]

Awwww, or ewwwww, or both?

Also, I’m sure you’re all like “Pangolin whaaa???” Yeah, I was just recently introduced to the species via the Nat Geo channel. Here are some Pangolin stats, courtesy of trusty ol’ Wikipedia:

-Pangolins are covered in an armor of large, hard, overlapping pine cone-like scales made of keratin, the same material that makes up human hair and fingernails

-The species is found naturally in tropical regions throughout Africa and Asia

-The name pangolin comes from the Malay word pengguling, meaning “something that rolls up,” which they do when they feel threatened.

-Pangolins lack teeth and the ability to chew. Instead, they tear open anthills or termite mounds with their powerful front claws and probe deep into them with their very long tongues.

-Some species of pangolin are considered endangered. Aside from deforestation, the biggest threat is illegal, commercial hunting for human consumption.


Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Go Pangolins!


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