Cops Stop A Suspicious Vehicle And Find Dozens Of Endangered Creatures Inside

There’s often a lot more to animal cruelty than mere callousness and thoughtlessness. In the case of certain animals in many parts of the world, mistreating animals by poaching or trafficking can mean big business.

It’s frustrating to think that so many people would harm or kill animals just to make a quick buck. Luckily, for as many people out there who would do such things to helpless creatures, there are also plenty of good folks that try to protect them.

However, that’s easier said than done, as was the case when some police officers in Vietnam managed to stop a major pangolin trafficking operation in progress. Yet that was just the beginning of a harrowing rescue…

A few police officers in northern Vietnam became suspicious after a car tried to avoid a routine checkup. A chase ensued, during which the cops shot the runaway vehicle’s tires and caused it to crash. While the passenger escaped, the driver was caught… along with 118 pangolins.

The pangolins, wrapped tightly in bags and deprived of food or water, were critically endangered. Sadly, five were already dead.

“We lost five pangolins right on the rescue scene,” said Phap Nguyen Cong, the communications officer of Save Vietnam’s Wildlife, which was the group that was contacted for the emergency rescue. “And the 113 left are under care of our staff.”

Pangolins are nocturnal, shy, and known for curling into a ball when they’re frightened. They’re also the world’s most heavily trafficked animal, and they’re poached throughout Vietnam and other Southeast Asian territories.

It’s estimated that, in Asia and Africa, one wild pangolin gets captured about every five minutes to be sold for his meat or scales in East Asia.

Even before they’re killed, these animals are horribly treated. It’s common practice among traffickers to force-feed pangolins with corn meal or inject them with water to make them heavier and thus more valuable. Watch what happens when the creatures are removed from their bags to see the effects of this treatment.

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It wasn’t until 2 a.m. that the rescuers managed to get the pangolins in good enough condition to be able to bring them to the rescue center, where the next stage of their rehabilitation would begin.

At that point, each of the 113 pangolins were given plenty of water, as well as food in the form of frozen ant eggs. This was the first time in days that they had eaten, so they were quite literally starving.

SVW currently has 139 rescued pangolins in their care that will all be taken back to their natural habitat once they have recovered enough. “They require around 35kg of food everyday,” the group wrote on Facebook. “$10 helps us to buy a kg of food to feed our pangolins.” You won’t want to miss seeing what happens after they’ve recovered a bit!

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Considering how rampant the pangolin trafficking problem is, it’s great that there are so many people that will go so far to save their lives. With enough support, hopefully they will continue their work for a long time!

Please consider making a donation to Save Vietnam’s Wildlife here, and share this story with your friends below!

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