The Johannesburg Wildlife Vet recently got news of a happy kind when the Fourways Vet Hospital sent a video of a Pangolin’s pregnancy ultrasound.
The Johannesburg Wildlife Vet treats indigenous wildlife free of charge, relying solely on the support of the community. Their Facebook page is the place to be! It is filled with heartwarming rescue stories of our stunning local wildlife. Recently, they shared a heartwarming video of an endangered Pangolin getting an ultrasound, inside her belly… a tiny little heartbeat belonging to a unborn fetus.
We were thrilled to find out one of our patients is pregnant! This is fantastic news for this endangered species. In this video, the fetal heartbeat is clearly audible and so special to hear.
We’re doing our absolute best to ensure this mother and baby are safely returned to the wild. Thanks Fourways Vet Hospital for your assistance with this case.
*To ensure the safety of our staff and this endangered species, they’re housed off site in an undisclosed secure location.
Pangolins are mammals distinctive for their protective keratin scales and largely solitary existence. They are endangered because they are hunted for their meat and scales. Pangolins are the most illegally trafficked mammals in the world.
They eat ants and termites using an extraordinarily long, sticky tongue, and are able to quickly roll themselves up into a tight ball when threatened.
The news that one more Pangolin has the chance of being born into the world is a good thing to celebrate.