“Last Night”: Eating Local Ants, Further Strengthening the Training of Wild Domestication | The Second Training on Third Phase of the Pangolin’s Rehabilitation and Field Domestication for Rescue
2019/6/11 17:01:00 本站

As the situation of the rescued pangolin "Last Night" improved day by day, China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation (CBCGDF)'s pangolin rescue and rehabilitation field domestication center (hereinafter referred to as "Rescue Center") in Guangzhou began its second training on the third phase on May 31, 2019, and its content is to train “Last Night” to eat local ants. Why should domesticate it like that? There is a small science popularization here: Although the pangolin is covered in scales, it is like wearing a "armor", but it has no teeth in its mouth; and the pangolin has small eyes, a sharp mouth, and an undeveloped ear, but its tongue is Very long and with sticky saliva. These characteristics determine that it can only take ants and their larvae, bees, wasps and other insect larvae as food. After finding an ant’s cave, it will put its long tongue into it to lick and enjoy the ants. That is to say, ants are the main food for pangolins to sustain their lives. Therefore, this training is necessary if the ultimate wild release is the purpose. From the training situation of "Last Night", this skill has recovered well. Whether it is from the action of eating ants or the number of ants that it finally enjoyed, it has achieved satisfactory accomplishment. Next, the Rescue Center will continue to train it and try to get it back into the embrace of nature sooner.


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(Photo credit: CBCGDF)


By / Niu Jingmei