Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Wednesday Pangolin Blogging

Baby Pangolin
Originally uploaded by DBM.
An American family visiting the Republic of Congo was offered a baby pangolin for purchase after it fell off its mother's back after hunters chased her up a tree. After paying $3.00 for the animal, Paulina Moussiesse of Sherman Oaks, California, decided to take it back home with her in a basket made by a local craftsman. It somehow made it through a customs stop in Paris--although the security officer at the airport who looked into the basket screamed--only to be confiscated by a U.S. Fish and Wildlife inspector at LAX. On January 11, 2005 it was given to the L.A. Zoo. It is the only one of its kind in the United States. For an update, including video of the baby pangolin in action, click here.