This super weird creature is the world's most trafficked mammal

This weird-looking creature is a pangolin.

Often called “scaly anteaters” for their hard, plate-like scales, their population is being decimated by illegal smuggling.

Found across Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, pangolins are trafficked for medicinal purposes. Demand for their scales has skyrocketed in eastern Asia, where their scales sell for up to $300 per pound.

All eight pangolin species are protected under international law, and two are considered critically endangered. Smugglers don’t seem to care, as almost a million pangolins were trafficked in the last 10 years.

Story and editing by Jeremy Dreyfuss

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