A Shenzhen woman has become known as the “Pangolin Princess” after her taste for the adorable endangered animal got her noticed on Chinese social media and by the police.
Earlier this week, a Weibo user posted screenshots of posts made by another user named “Zhanfangdeduoduo” (绽放的多多) in 2011 and 2012, drawing attention to the woman’s very particular and illegal dietary proclivities.
The screenshots show some extremely X-rated food porn such as a hearty bowl of “Eight animal stew,” which included nationally-protected animals like pangolin, swan and snake simmered together for five hours. The woman said the stew was simply so nourishing that it made her nose bleed.
Another dish on the menu was “Pangolin blood fried rice,” which she deemed quite “special.”
As well as “Caterpillar fungus and pangolin Soup” which was “extremely delicious.”
Along with photos of the dishes, the woman also posted pictures of the ingredients while they were still alive.
After the photos went viral on Chinese social media, Chinese police launched an investigation. Quickly a woman surnamed Lin was detained for questioning by officers in Shenzhen, Sina reports.
Perhaps they can cooperate with authorities in Guangxi who are currently investigating local officials over claims that they had held banquets featuring special courses of pangolin meat for VIP guests.
Pangolins, for those unfamiliar, are scale-covered mammals sometimes referred to as a scaly anteaters. They’re rare, adorable, and hunted in China for their tough armor, which is believed by traditional Chinese medicine practitioners to help cure cancer and asthma, among other ailments. Meanwhile, their meat is also considered to be delicacy. On the black market, the creatures can fetch up to 5,000 yuan per kilogram.
Frequently, Chinese authorities seize illegal shipments of pangolins and pangolin scales from smugglers. In 2015, Shanghai customs officials at the Pudong International Airport confiscated about 249 kilograms of pangolin scales transported in nine black suitcases. The pangolin is a second-class nationally-protected animal in China meaning that anyone discovered catching, killing, buying or selling them could receive a 10-year prison sentence.
If there is a hell, they will also presumably go there after death.
[Images via Sina]
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