Friday, 20 August 2010

Armor in need, armor indeed!

Pangolins or scaly ant-eaters are insectivorous mammals which have a scaly armor-like keratin covering to protect themselves from predators. At the sign of the slightest threat, a pangolin curls into a ball, projecting its armor-like covering outwards, which is very difficult to penetrate, and the curled pangolin is also very difficult to unroll by the predator. As pangolins are toothless and very slow, the armor and ‘curling-up’ are their primary defense mechanisms.

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