Abandoned pangolin doing well

A baby pangolin that was found weak, hungry and abandoned in Upper Thomson Road in February is thriving under the care of vets at the Night Safari.

It is a victory for the wildlife park as the endangered species generally does not do well under human care - the scaly mammal has only a 50 per cent chance of survival.

The four-month-old Sunda pangolin has grown from 776g to 1.1kg.

It was bottle-fed kitten milk replacer, a substitute for its mother's milk, before being introduced to ants' eggs, which it now relishes.

It will join seven other Sunda pangolins at an exhibit in the Night Safari once it becomes independent and starts on its captive diet.

This diet includes minced beef, ants' eggs, mealworms and insectivore supplements, said Wildlife Reserves Singapore, the parent company of Night Safari, Jurong Bird Park, Singapore Zoo and River Safari.

This article was first published on April 8, 2016.
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