Last month, during a raid at the China-Myanmar border, Yunnan police rescued a pangolin bound to be sold on the black market. After a health-checkup, the little guy was set free back into the wild at a nature reserve in Menghai county. In footage from that excursion, the adorable creature is seen curling up into a ball before climbing a tree and returning to its natural habitat.
Also called “scaly anteaters,” pangolins are rare, extremely cute creatures that are covered with a layer of large scales meant to protect against predators. Unfortunately, their protective scales are also coveted by traditional Chinese medicine practitioners, helping to turn the pangolin intothe most heavily trafficked mammal on the planet.