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What is a pangolin?

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Meet the pangolin, the world's only living pine cone (well we think it kind of looks like one!). Ever heard of it?

Pangolins, sometimes called "scaly anteaters", are small mammals that are covered in tough, overlapping scales.

They're in the news this week because they're being discussed at a big conference about protecting wildlife, taking place in South Africa.

Poaching and habitat loss have made these little creatures critically endangered in some parts of the world.

Watch the clip to find out all about them...