With their "super-sniffer" noses, African giant-pouched rats are also being trained to lead search-and-rescue missions following earthquakes and other natural disasters.
China’s latest efforts to protect the endangered mammal come on the heels of a study tentatively linking pangolins to the global COVID-19 outbreak. But wildlife conservationists say there’s still a long way to go.
"The world is standing up for the little guy.”
The news comes just days after the country pissed off animal rights activists by crushing hundreds of cats to death with a dump truck.
Tens of thousands of pangolins are illegally traded every year, and the future of the species looks bleak.
This story is phenomenally face palm-worthy, but its absurdity just stands to highlight the pervasiveness of the illegal wildlife trade.