Dr. Mark Ofua discovered about this tiny white-bellied pangolin in the month of February of this year. It had very little chance of survival and desperately required assistance.
The young creature was born in captivity, surrounded by a group of people who sold wildlife meat, and without the proper assistance, it wouldn’t survive. As a result, the man did not hesitate to get in his car and begin the 50-kilometer journey to Epe, Lagos, Nigeria.
“I understood that his odds were already limited when I arrived at the market. She was born to a mother who had been under the strain of captivity for days or possibly weeks without food or drink. When I discovered him, he was already hypoglycemic and chilly.
His circumstances were so appalling that the merchants consented to surrender the child to Dr. Mark because he was only a financial burden to them.
With the tiny animal in his care, Mark made the decision to bring it to SaintMarks Animal Hospital and Shelter for a thorough examination and several medical procedures.
From that point on, Mark looked after the adorable pangolin called Neal, cuddling him and giving him a strength-boosting concoction.
Neal may have been following his mother about while she looked for termites and ants to eat if he had been reared in the wild. However, his reality was different. Fortunately, he was able to get the comfort and support he needed from her carers in order to live a better life.
As Mark said:
He’s a mischievous young man who is still getting the hang of being a pangolin. He enjoys petting his caretakers and gazing up at them to make himself comfortable. He is familiar with his bottle and feeding blanket since he enjoys milk so much!
Neal seems to be the exact contrary of how pangolins often behave, which is shy and extremely secretive, and he enjoys playing with his keepers. With his long, muscular tongue, which he uses to train it and learn how to use it properly so that later he may catch ants, he routinely gives them “baths.”
Neal will be sent to the SaintMarks Pangolin Rehabilitation Center, which is situated in the heart of a protected forest, once he is old enough and able to care for himself. It is a secure location where Mark hopes Neal will spend his days. beyond there.
Pangolin conservation efforts have been bolstered by a group that works to cut down on wildlife-harming product usage worldwide.
The creation of a “pangolorum” was funded by a group called WildAid. It will benefit many animals in need and is the first of its sort in West Africa.
When Neal is prepared, this release area will be used as a means of carefully reintroducing saved pangolins into the wild.
Mark dreams of the day when this species may coexist peacefully in the wild, but there is still a long way to go.