Critically-endangered Sunda pangolin found lying in pool of blood by roadside, likely run over by vehicle


By Zhangxin Zheng | March 9, 2017

A dead Sunda pangolin was found lying in a pool of blood by a road near the Central Catchment Nature Reserve.

The pangolin was found by Ben Li, who uploaded a photo of it to Facebook on Tuesday, March 7:

The sad thing is, this tragedy happened less than a month after World Pangolin Day, which fell on February 18 this year.

In fact, this isn’t even the first time this critically-endangered animal was knocked down by a vehicle here.

In end-February last year, another pangolin was tragically rendered roadkill by a vehicle, this time near Mandai.

It’s education time.

Native to Singapore, Sunda pangolins can still be found in most nature reserves but they’re not often seen in public during the day as they are nocturnal and shy. The fact that they have extremely small eyes also leaves them with very poor eyesight.

They are also slow-moving, and when faced with danger, they curl up into an armoured ball — which, quite sadly, does not protect them from fast-moving hard metal cars at all.

You can see how small its eyes are from this close up shot of the poor fella:

Photo Courtesy of Ben Li
Photo Courtesy of Ben Li

So folks, if you happen to be driving near any nature reserves in future, please watch out for them, as well as other wildlife, as there are not many of them left and they can hardly fend for themselves.

If you happen to encounter one, do not be alarmed — just leave it alone as it can be frightened easily, according to NParks’s advisory notice.

Thank you, on behalf of this fallen pangolin’s siblings, parents, cousins and friends.

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Top Photo Courtesy of Ben Li

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About Zhangxin Zheng

Zhangxin’s favourite pastime is singing Mulan’s soundtrack in the mangrove forests. She hopes to perfect the art of napping in a hammock in the mangroves without being drowned by rising sea levels.

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