Long-tailed pangolin is considered a rare species of the animal world. He is on the verge of extinction. The population of pangolin on our planet is very small. This is one of the most ancient animals, it is also called the ancient lizard because of the shell, which consists of strong plates. The reduction in the population of the pangolin is because poachers hunt it.
Pangolin meat is considered exotic and is sold at a high price in the wild markets of China. Now scientists believe that the pangolin is on the verge of extinction. Science has suggested that the long-tailed pangolin has become a link between the animal kingdom and human society, into which it introduced the deadly coronavirus COVID-19.
Poachers continue to hunt him, and scientists are also looking for him. They want to find out the habitat of the pangolin, its habits and eating habits, to get strong evidence that this particular animal caused the pandemic.
Specialists from South China Agricultural University tested thousands of samples of different animals to determine the sequence of the virus genome, which is close to the gene structure found in the body of a long-tailed pangolin. This is important because the sequence of the viral genome coincided 99% with the structure of the disease gene in patients diagnosed with COVID-19.
After a deadly virus was detected in China, the country's authorities decided to close wild markets that sell exotic meat. But wildlife experts believe it’s too early to talk about the decline of the virus, because there may be other animal carriers of the virus.
Researchers consider it necessary to study the habitat of the pangolins and the animals themselves to confirm or refute the assumption that pangolin may again cause an epidemic.