Corona — Cory for short — is a Temminck's pangolin that was saved during a sting operation.
She's one of thousands of pangolins caught and sold into the wildlife trade. Pangolins are highly valued for their scales, which are used in some traditional medicines.
After rehabilitation from the African Pangolin Working Group, Cory was released back into the wild. She's living in KwaZulu-Natal, a province in South Africa where her species has been ecologically extinct for the last 30 to 40 years.
Research suggests pangolins might've been the missing link in the transmission of the coronavirus from bats to humans.
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