In some cases it’s difficult to own a pet. Oftentimes, landlords make major demands and charge excess fees just to have a cat or a reptile, never mind a dog. So, if you are an animal lover and you have a tough time surviving without your daily dose of pet love, then you may have some trouble when it’s time to move into a new place. College kids, especially, have to deal with the sad experience of saying goodbye to their loving pets when they leave home and take up residency in a dorm room. And we get it, pets can be dirty and they are known to chew on furniture. Furniture that these college students are paying good money for.
While it’s a struggle for these college kids to leave their pets behind when they head off to college, there have been some brave kids who have made an attempt at sneaking their furry pals into the dormitory. The majority of the time they get caught and reprimanded and used an example for others, so it’s never really a good idea to attempt the legendary “pet sneak.” But, every now and then, an animal will make its own attempt to sneak into a dorm and latch onto a few friendly students. At least that’s what happened at a college in Singapore when a wild pangolin decided to make himself comfortable with the co-eds. The pangolin, which resembles an armadillo, is a critically endangered species.
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When a few students entered their dorm at the Nanyang Technological University, they were pretty surprised to see the little guy roaming the hallways and they immediately reached out to the Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (ACRES). By the time the rescuers arrived on the scene, the pangolin had curled up into a ball, as a means to keep himself safe from predators. This is their natural defense mechanism. Had this guy been out in the wilderness, you wouldn’t even know that he was a wild animal, because he was so camouflaged.
Turns out that the biggest predator for these guys are humans, as they are the most trafficked animal on the planet, selling for about $1000.00 on the black market. Consumers use their meat as a delicacy and their leathery scales are used for both clothing and medicine. These black market sales have gotten so bad in the last decade that it has become known as an epidemic, as roughly one million pangolins have been traded and between 116,990 and 233,980 have been killed from 2011-2013.
As you can imagine, these poor little guys get so stressed out while they are held captive that they can actually die due to the trauma. The rescuers worked fast to get this college-friendly pangolin back into the wild so they wouldn’t have to see another one die.
This certainly added some entertainment in the dormitory for the evening, as the pangolin intruder was the talk of the campus. Thanks to the team at ACRES, the guy managed to get back to the wild safely.