Pangolins under pressure

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New study finds millions hunted in Africa each year

Pangolins are peculiar creatures. Their tongue can be longer than their body, they look like a pinecone with legs, and they are covered in knobbly, terracotta-colored scales.  They are solitary, elusive forest-dwellers that spray a nasty-smelling chemical from their anus and roll up into a ball when threatened – but that doesn’t protect them from human hunters.

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