A double image of a Pangolin walking: This mammal walks with its rear legs, its front legs drawn up against its chest. Its back and both sides are covered with very tough and very sharp-edged plates. They are composed of fused hair. Its abdomen is soft and furry. Pangolins are edentulous, but they have an unusually long tongue with which it can reaches all the way into its stomach. The tongue is covered with a sticky substance, and can be extended 10-12 inches as a narrow ribbon to facilitat ensnaring insects. It is mainly an ant eater, and some termites. When the animal feels threatened, it rolls into a tight ball, with its tail covering its head. The very sharp-edged scales can inflict serious wounds on an attacking animal. Its tail constitutes 60% of its body weight, and is used as a protection for the head when the animal has rolled itsef into a ball. The tail is also used to climb trees. [Lafupa River Area, Zambia].