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Pangolin - Mammals being cooked to extinction

Pangolin - Mammals being cooked to extinction

Some people think that Pangolins can cure cancer, so illegal traders make fortunes off of every part of the Pangolins. They are pretty high in demand in certain parts of the world. Also, they're really easy to catch in the wild because their defense tactics are to roll up super tight into a ball until they think it's okay to release themselves, and usually by that point they're held in tight cages with a bunch of other Pangolins, awaiting to be sold off to dealers who poach them alive and make tonics from their blood.

Since they are endangered, it makes it quite popular for places to serve Pangolin fetuses as delicacies in areas such as East Asia because it signifies a person's status to be a sign of being above the law to "afford such a meal."

Guangdong chef interviewed last year in the Beijing Science and Technology Daily described how to prepare a Pangolin: 'We keep them alive in cages until the customer makes an order. Then we hammer them unconscious, cut their throats and drain the blood. It is a slow death. We then boil them to remove the scales. We cut the meat into small pieces and use it to make a number of dishes, including braised meat and soup. Usually the customers take the blood home with them afterwards.'"

If anyone cares and wants to help with the prevention of poaching, although it might be quite minuscule, you can start off by just spreading the word!

Toucan - Cool Beak

Toucan

The outrageously big beak helps to keep the bird cool in the heat of the tropical day.

A toucan's beak has a rich supply of blood vessels running along its surface so the bird's bill is suited to act as a means of radiating heat to keep the core temperature of the body stable – the bill also accounts of between 30 and 50 per cent of the bird's surface area.

Lillac-breasted Roller

Lillac-breasted Roller Bird

Body of a rainbow. Eyes of a killer.

Tuskers

African Elephants with Tusks

Those tusks are meant for digging food or breaking tree barks. Humans have no business cutting the beauty out!

White Whale

White Whale

Rare Humpback White Whale at Etty Bay

Flying Fish


They can glide up to 200m to escape predators. Didn't work for some of them in Life of Pie.

The Blue Carpenter Bee (Xylocopa caerulea)

The Blue Carpenter Bee (Xylocopa caerulea)

he Blue Carpenter Bee (Xylocopa caerulea) is a species of carpenter bee, named after the fact that they build their nests in dead wood which they tunnel into using their mandibles.
They're a mostly solitary bee, though some species have simple social nests in which mothers and daughters may cohabit.
They are also a docile species. Females are very shy and non-aggressive and males do not even possess a stinger.

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