Pangolins - Varmints! - 21


Varmints podcast ends up accidentally participating in #WorldPangolinDay! Pangolins were a listener request from the Jock and Nerd Podcast, and we just happened to coincidentally record this episode on the very day the rest of the world are appreciating them. So, here we go!

Here’s some stuff we referenced on the show:

In the news: Canadians warned about car-licking moose. Moose in Canada are licking salt off of cars and some people think it’s a great idea to try and stop them. The Varmints podcast hereby issues a public advisory: don’t. Moose are big and if they get cranky they can stomp you into bloody bits. Also they have ticks.

Don’t tick them off!

Pangolins have all sorts of amazing adaptations to help them get their food. Check out this great video from YouTube user Nat Geo WILD.

Pangolins also have a great self defense system: armor! These lions find it particularly annoying, but the Pangolin isn’t bothered. Courtesy of YouTube user WildFilmsIndia.

World Pangolin Day is a great time to look at some other super pangolin videos. We love this one from YouTube user UN Environment.

Here’s another great video for World Pangolin Day! Courtesy of YouTube user Kim McBride.

Google made a bunch of little games for Valentine’s day and for #WorldPangolinDay. You can play them here:

And here’s the work of artist Sean Avery with his adorable little pangolin sculptures made from upcycled Nespresso cups! Here is a link to his site on DeviantArt. Great job, Sean!

Despite an international trade ban, pangolins continue to be the most trafficked mammal in the world. Here’s an NPR news article from December about a huge seizure of trafficked pangolin scales in China:

An undated photo shows Shanghai customs officers checking pangolin scales at a port in Shanghai. Chinese customs seized over three tonnes of pangolin scales, state media said, in the country’s biggest-ever smuggling case involving the animal parts. STR/AFP/Getty Images

What can you do to help the pangolin? Check out this article in CNN. Pangolins are in even more trouble now than when this article was written almost two years ago. All the links in the article are still working and the ideas are still good ones!

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