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Pangolins: 13 facts about the world's most hunted animal

They are Prince William's favourite and David Attenborough would take them on his ark, but what makes pangolins, the world's most hunted creature, so special?

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A Pangolin. Many types of Pangolin are threatened or near threatened. They are hunted and eaten in parts of Africa, and are a popular type of bush meat. They are also in great demand in China because their meat is considered a delicacy and some Chinese believe pangolin scales have medicinal qualities. Pangolin are illegally trafficked for food and folk medicine. Hunting and deforestation has led to a large decrease in the numbers of pangolins.

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Endangered Pangolin. The only mammal with scales! Animals, Creatures, and Beasts. Wild Kingdom

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A beautifully rare animal found in the African bush, the pangolin is covered in scale-like armor. Taken on Karongwe Private Game Reserve, South Africa

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25 animals way weirder than anything you’ve seen in science fiction [pics]

A pangolin, the name, comes from the Malay word, pengguling, meaning "something that rolls up".

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Pangolin: these guys are so cool. Cute but wearing armour. There are 8 subspecies found in China, India, south-east Asia and Africa, and range from threatened to critically endangered. This is due to the demand for its meat and skin.

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