Magbasa pa ng Iba
First, let me introduce you to my many relatives. Our family is quite big and has eight branches, four in Asia and the rest in Africa. In the land of the Sahara, the common names of our species are ground, giant, black-bellied, and white-bellied pangolin-people. Of course, each has their preferred environment, but I can tell you that grasslands and rainforests are popular choices. I prefer savannah woodland myself. Despite our unusual appearance, we are mammals! In fact, we are the only ones that have scales.If you are wondering where our family name came from, the Malay word “pengguling” means “one who rolls up.” That is what we instinctively do to protect ourselves in dangerous situations. We make our body into a ball, covering our head with our tail and using our scales as armor. And if we feel seriously threatened, we may also release a foul-smelling acid to repel uninvited visitors. It is comparable to what skunk-people do, but there is no spraying action. So, if you happen to be nearby and hear hissing or puffing sounds, it is best to stay away.One feature you might not notice right away is our extra-long and muscular tongue. For us, it is the perfect foraging tool. I have a few more anatomical details for you. Our limbs are relatively short but sturdy. With five toes on every paw and three long claws on each of our forefeet, we are well-designed for digging.We are supposed to be protected by national and international laws, but many people refuse to change their behavior. Authorities estimate that at least 10,000 pangolin-people are caught and sold each year. You can bet the actual number is much higher. This awful news may disturb you, but the truth must be told: there are senseless human beings who enjoy eating our flesh. Many others believe that our blood and scales possess healing qualities. When will they learn that you must be merciful if you want mercy?