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Rescued pangolins recover, give birth in central Vietnam

Rescued pangolins recover, give birth in central Vietnam

Saturday, May 25, 2024, 11:11 GMT+7
Rescued pangolins recover, give birth in central Vietnam
A baby pangolin clings to its mother's back at Vinpearl River Safari Animal Rescue Center Nam Hoi An in Quang Nam Province, central Vietnam. Photo: B.C. / Tuoi Tre

Two endangered pangolins that had been saved by forest rangers and police from poachers aiming to capture them for their scales in Quang Nam Province, central Vietnam have miraculously recovered and gave birth.

Initial reports indicate that by the end of 2022, police in Quang Nam’s Nam Giang District and the province’s Tien Phuoc District Forest Ranger Division collaborated to deliver two female Sunda pangolins to Vinpearl River Safari Nam Hoi An Animal Rescue Center - VinWonders Nam Hoi An.

The pangolins were rescued in an illegal wildlife trafficking and hunting operation. 

Upon arrival, the animals displayed signs of exhaustion and infected wounds from traps. 

Experts at the center devised a specialized care plan, including tailored diets, and provided a simulated natural habitat to facilitate their recovery. 

Remarkably, both pangolins not only recuperated but also gave birth, with the first offspring born in January 2023 and another on May 13, confirming the success of their rehabilitation. 

Both mother and offspring pairs are thriving at the center. 

Sunda pangolin is scientifically known as Manis javanica and categorized as Critically Endangered for The International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species in 2019 due to the persistent threat of poaching for their scales and meat.

A baby pangolin clings to its mother's back at Vinpearl River Safari Animal Rescue Center Nam Hoi An in Quang Nam Province, central Vietnam. Photo: B.C. / Tuoi Tre
A baby pangolin clings to its mother's back at Vinpearl River Safari Animal Rescue Center Nam Hoi An in Quang Nam Province, central Vietnam. Photo: B.C. / Tuoi Tre

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