Tiny pangolin 'reborn': Big nursing feat

PHOTO: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE
PHOTO: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

It was found weak, hungry and wandering alone in Upper Thomson Road on Feb 22. But now, this baby pangolin has been given a new lease of life, after some tender loving care at Wildlife Reserves Singapore's (WRS) rescued wildlife centre. Vets made a desperate attempt to hand-raise the four-month-old animal, a huge task as the delicate species generally does not thrive under human care, said WRS in statement. Said Dr Cheng Wen-Haur, WRS Chief Life Sciences Officer: "Successfully raising a Sunda pangolin from such a young age is a real achievement. This critically endangered species has notoriously low survival rates under human care, and this experience has given us invaluable knowledge on how to care for the species."

Globally, all eight pangolin species are threatened with extinction due to the illegal wildlife trade. In Singapore, the Sunda pangolin is threatened with habitat loss and motor vehicle accidents, WRS said. WRS is funding ecological and genetic studies of this species, the only one that can be found here.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 08, 2016, with the headline 'Tiny pangolin 'reborn': Big nursing feat'. Print Edition | Subscribe