We just rescued 56 Sunda Pangolins from Nga Son District’s Police Force, Thanh Hoa province.

On August 13th, 2015, Nga Son District’s Police Force stopped a driver during routine police inspections, finding 56 pangolins in the trunk of the vehicle, before confiscating the animals. After being assessed at the Institute of Ecology and Biological Resources – Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, the confiscated animals were identified as Sunda pangolins.

At noon August 14, 2015, government officers of the FPD Ha Trung, Thanh Hoa province and Nga Son District’s Police Force officially transferred the animals to the CPCP. Most of the pangolins appeared to be in good condition, however, some pangolins have wounds in their head and feet, while others were quite weak. The manner in which the animals had been secured in mesh bags varied, suggesting the animals were not trapped by a single hunter.

Despite being circulated in the trade for up to a week, without access to food and water, one female pangolin was found to have given birth inside the mesh bag in which she was transported.

We would like to sat thanks to Son District’s Police Force, police officer of Division number 5, Department number 49 of the Ministry of Public Security and the FDP Ha Trung, Thanh Hoa province for their concentrated effort to confiscate the pangolins, especially their quick action to hand over and transfer the pangolins to the rescue center.