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The Pangolin





The Pangolin is one of Africa’s most unique looking creatures, and also one of its most elusive. People have gone on dozens of safaris and never had the excitement of seeing one in the wild.

Roxy was caught to be sold on the black market. However, a shop owner felt sorry for her and bought her. He then called a local wildlife organization which in turn called the Rare & Endangered Species Trust (REST).

This rescued Cape Pangolin took a liking to Maria Diekman (founder and director of REST) and an unexpected and inexplicable bond was such that Maria was allowed to join this most whacky and enigmatic creature in her nocturnal foraging.





As the REST team prepared Roxy for her release, Maria went in for a final check and Roxy crawled slowly towards her and sat in her lap.
Maria saw what appeared to be a snake coiled up around Roxy’s stomach and realized that Roxy had given birth and the baby was still attached by its umbilical cord.
Maria had just witnessed the first captive birth of a Cape Pangolin in history.


Then, unexpectedly, one night, Roxy vanished, leaving behind her nameless baby to be reared by the REST team. 

The team believes that she may have come into heat and the call of the wild may have overcome her maternal instincts.
It is thought that wild pangolins normally leave their young at about this time, so they believe what she did was natural.
REST will continue to care for and subsequently release the baby pangolin back in to the wild.




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4 comments on “The Pangolin

  1. dorannrule
    March 6, 2014

    So strange, but isn’t nature wonderful?


    • Judy
      March 8, 2014

      Yes nature is strange but wonderful. Didn’t the little baby have a sweet face? 🙂


  2. donnajeanmcdunn
    March 15, 2014

    What a wonderful animal. It looks prehistoric. Thank you for sharing.


  3. Cynthia Ann Katon-Alfonso
    November 10, 2014

    Thank you for sharing this very touching story. I hope these gentle creatures could get more protection as they are rapidly vanishing from the earth.


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