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This week it’s a two-part Helping Hand special ahead of Saturday’s World Pangolin Day, a day designed to give visibility to the world’s most trafficked animal, the pangolin.

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Tomorrow is World Pangolin Day. Every third Saturday in February is devoted to this most critically endangered animal. The pangolin is a scaly anteater, a mammal, about the size of a cat, covered in small scales, with no teeth and a very long tongue. They primarily eat ants and other insects, and are notoriously difficult to keep in captivity. There are eight species in Africa and Asia. But not for long.