Anteater or “pangolin” is one of the endangered species listed in our country. It can only be found in Palawan….but not anymore.
Recently, Richard Marasigan, a resident of Brgy. Duhatan in Lipa City found and captured a live one. He said it was dawn of the New Year when he and his friends are walking on the street. Suddenly they saw this strange creature walking on their way. Since this is the first time they saw this animal, they didn’t think twice to capture it. As a defense mechanism of this animal, it formed itself into a round object while displaying its sharp scaly skin. Luckily during that time, they saw an empty sack and put the strange creature inside.
Mr. Marasigan said lots of people offered money in exchange of the animal but he refused. He named it “Pinggoy”. Pinggoy stayed on his place for a week before he turns it over to DENR for better care and protection.
Anteaters are the four mammal species of the suborder Vermilingua commonly known for eating ants and termites. Together with the sloths, they compose the order Pilosa. The name "anteater" is also colloquially applied to the unrelated antbear, numbat, echidna, and pangolin.