Pangolins are the only mammal that has scales covering its entire body. They live in West Africa and parts of south Asia and are one of the most trafficked mammals in the world. This is due to their defense systems. While perfect for clawed and toothed predators, their defense is simply to curl up in a ball until the danger is passed. This makes them prime picking for humans to gather them up. They are hunted for their scales and meat.
Pangolins share similar characteristics to anteaters- they have a long sticky tongue and a fused mouth and their primary diet is insects. They use their long claws to dig through termite mounds and bark to get at the juicy bugs within. Pangolins, however, are more closely related to carnivores and occupy their own special niche in the animal kingdom.
I created this pangolin scale by scale. It is by far the most involved process I have ever undertaken. I will most likely not make another. One is enough for me!
This guy is rather large, he stands about 7 inches tall and is 14 inches from snout to tail. He's rather heavy, sporting a solid head, legs and much of his tail.
This pangolin is not a planter, box or piggy bank. He is one of the only closed forms I've created. I've glazed him sparsely with earth colored glazes.
He weighs an impressive 10 pounds.
Because this creature is so unique, in my world and his, I believe his kind and his environment deserves to be protected. I will donate 10% of his sale proceeds to the Nature Conservancy in his buyer's name. I worked there some time ago and strongly believe in their mission.