Residents in Pasay encountered mild panic after an alleged bayawak or monitor lizard was spotted at the roof of Mr. Florian Capiton house.But they were shock to find out that an endangered mammal called pangolin or anteater was their unexpected guest.
According to GMA News online, At around 2 a.m. on Saturday, March 7, Florian Catipon heard a scratching noise coming from the roof of his house in Barangay 84 Zone 10 in Pasay City.
|A photo of Chinese Pangolin [Wikipedia]|
Catipon initially thought a robber was trying to get inside their home. Much to his surprise, it was a pangolin or an anteater, said Coconut Manila news report.
Catipon and his neighbors eventually captured the anteater. They then called the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
Pangolins are hunted and eaten in many parts of Africa and are one of the more popular types of bush meat. They are also in great demand in China and Vietnam because their meat is considered a delicacy and some believe pangolin scales have medicinal qualities.
Under the country's Wildlife Act, it is illegal to sell or keep anteaters. Those who violate the law may pay a fine of PHP500,000 and be in prison for six years.
The anteater found in Pasay is now under the care of the DENR.
The pangolin is the only known mammal with this adaptation. They live in hollow trees or burrows, depending on the species. Pangolins are nocturnal, and their diet consists of mainly ants and termites which they capture using their long, specially adapted tongues.[Wikipeda]