Students Find A Rare Creature In Their Dorm And Immediately Become Heroes

Most college dormitories don’t allow pets—and for good reason. They’re messy, needy, and often disruptive to academic studies. Of course, there are those students who successfully find ways to break the rules.

Typically, it’s the students who try to sneak animals into their dorm rooms. In the case of some students in Singapore, however, it was the other way around.

When one wild animal somehow crept into a student’s dorm, they couldn’t believe their eyes…

One of the most prominent rules in college dorms is the students aren’t allowed to have pets. That’s why these college students at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University were so surprised to find this strange animal in the common room of their dormitory.

Clearly, he was not a cat or a dog—and no one brought him there. Understandably concerned, they reached out to the Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (ACRES) right away, but by the time rescuers showed up, the frightened animal had curled up into a ball—which seemed to be his natural defense mechanism. Just what the heck was this little guy?

As it turned out, he was a pangolin, and he curled up because he was scared. Can you blame the little guy? Pangolins are trafficked more than any other animal on the planet; after all, they sell for about $1,000 each on the black market. How or why this one had made his way into a college dorm was anyone’s guess…

Pangolin meat is considered a delicacy in many parts of Asia, and their unusual, leathery scales are used for both medicine and clothing there. The pangolin trade has gotten so bad that many people consider it an epidemic.

In the last decade alone, it’s estimated that roughly one million pangolins have been traded, with somewhere between 116,990 and 233,980 pangolins killed between 2011 and 2013. If they had any hopes of saving this one, rescuers would have to work fast to return him to the wild.

Luckily, the pangolin seemed fine emotionally and he didn’t have any noticeable injuries, so rescuers placed him in a carrier and brought him deep into the woods where he could hide under logs and eat plenty of ants. Yum!

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At NTU for a pangolin rescue!!!!Poor chap got lost in our concrete jungle!!

Posted by ACRES: Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (Singapore) on Monday, November 21, 2016

“Most of the time in Singapore, wild animals get lost in our urban jungle and just need a bit of help to get relocated back safely into a natural habitat,” ACRES director Kalai Balakrishnan said in an interview.

Once in a safe place outdoors, rescuers opened the door to the carrier so that the pangolin could leave on his own accord. The little animal took some time to sniff around first to make sure everything was safe…

Then he took off! It should be noted that ACRES is the only organization dedicated solely to wildlife rescue in all of Singapore. Despite all the threats that pangolins face, there are people out there who work hard to protect them.

It wouldn’t have been at all possible for this creature to be rescued if it wasn’t for those quick-thinking college students that fateful day! See the daring rescue in its entirety here, and just look at the happy look on this little pangolin’s face when he realized he didn’t have to enroll in classes!

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NTU pangolin goes free!!!

Posted by ACRES: Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (Singapore) on Monday, November 21, 2016

Those college students saved that poor pangolin’s life. Thankfully they acted fast and the rescuers were able to bring him to safety.

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