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Baby Pangolin Learns to Walk

When the Pangolins were entrusted to the care of my Mom, the baby pangolin whom we named Gurvinek had actually just been born. The mother pangolin was bought from some vendor in Vietnam, where she would have been intended for dinner (and these are ENDANGERED animals - don't even get me started on this topic!!!). Luckily, Mom's biologist colleague bought the animal and brought it with him to Moscow. The pangolin had actually given birth while on the plane back, and Mom's stunned colleague now had 2 incredible animals to deal with! Their health upon arrival was in very poor condition, so the Moscow Academy of Sciences gave the animals to my Mom to care for - she is incredible at saving animal lives.


Most of the time while growing up, the baby pangolin named Gurvinek, hung out on his mother Yana's tail. Here he is, learning to walk alongside Yana. They're beautiful!


Would you like to read the article my Mom wrote about her experiences caring for these amazing animals? I have translated it from Russian to English here:



Please keep in mind that all of this was happening in the early 1990s and since then, pangolins have become more endangered and the laws have changed to protect them. Raising pangolins like my mother did would not be possible today. They are NOT house-pets, my mother is a scientist and while she cared for them she also studied their behaviour and made some important observations. Pangolins should never be taken out of their environment to become pets.

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Uploaded on February 19, 2008