Rescued Baby Pangolin Loves Getting Piggyback Rides

We sometimes hear about the plight of animals that are mistreated and abused for profit.

Included in these are pangolins, a rather unusual animal that can protect itself from a lion’s bite but unfortunately, often fall prey to human predators.

Pangolins have scales that are so strong, that they are practically impenetrable but unfortunately, they curl up in a ball when they are threatened.

Photo: YouTube/The Dodo

This makes it easy for unscrupulous individuals to simply pick them up and offer them in the illegal pet trade. Unfortunately, they often suffer as a result.

Some of these pangolins are rescued, and that was the case with Stevie. According to The Dodo, poachers had originally taken Stevie but the African Pangolin Working Group managed to rescue him. After being nursed back to health, he was given to his new caretaker.

Photo: YouTube/The Dodo

That adopted caretaker, Dr. Kelsey Skinner, is rarely ever seen without Stevie by her side. Frequently, the pangolin is found riding on her back, piggyback style, and he absolutely loves it.

An illegal pangolin trader took Stevie’s mother away from him when he was only three or four months old. He was able to find safety but has suffered a lot of trauma as a result of that mistreatment from humans. He was also hungry when he was found.

Photo: YouTube/The Dodo

After being cared for, Stevie was released back into the wild.

You can learn more about him in this video:

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