A pangolin is a very rare mammal of tropical Africa.
Pangolin are shy and mainly solitary. They are well-armoured with large, hardened, equally-spaced overlapping scales, making them look like a pine cone. Pangolin know how to protect themselves very well when threatened, by rolling into a ball and erecting their scales pointing upward. The creatures eat ants and termites.
When caught by large predators such as lions they work their muscles into a cutting action to lacerate the mouths of their adversaries. The injuries caused can be serious for the animal attempting to eat the pangolin. Pangolin survive by using their sensitive tongues, which can grow up to 16 inches long, to probe ant nests and termite mounds to eat the insects inside.