Cute, weird, nearly defenseless pangolins are in danger because people won’t stop eating them


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Here are some things to know about the pangolin, according to National Geographic. “The pangolin is not very ferocious. It doesn’t even have teeth. And it’s not very fast.” Its only defense is curling into a tight ball. And as it turns out, that’s not good enough to protect you from a human with a fork.

There are eight species of pangolin, and all eight are in decline. A couple are well on their way to extinction.

Why? Because people are eating them.

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