The Brain Scoop
Episode 17: PANGOLINS
I’ve been fascinated by pangolins (Order: Pholidota) ever since I first learned about them, and moreso after I realized they are basically real-life Pokémon. I am asked frequently about my favorite specimen in the museum so when I opened up the option to decide between a few other animals - without any additional context - I was thrilled that the masses chose ‘pangolins’. As a side note, if you’d like to get involved with crowd-inspired shows in the future be sure to stay tuned to my Twitter or our Facebook page!
Speaking of pangolins, let’s learn all about them (a single animal can eat up to 70 million ants every year! their tongues are so long they have muscles in their pelvis!) from science queen Emily Graslie and The Brain Scoop!
A pangolin is released into the wild by Natural Resources Conservation Agency officials at a forest in Sibolangit, North Sumatra, Indonesia
Photograph: Jefri Tarigan
People are killing these little weirdos to make luggage out of their scaly skins. People are gross.
If god didn’t want you to eat pangolin, why did he make them out of meat? »
I don’t have a lot to say in response to this Huffington Post slide show of animals that are going extinct because people won’t stop eating them except this: what the fuck, meat eaters?
The striking thing about this list, really, is the diversity of the animals that are being threatened. Gorillas? Check. Giant salamanders? Check. Pangolins? Check. Mind boggled? Double-check.
[photo via the CBC]