Saw this poor guy while on our way to work. Looked like vehicle impact. Thomson road. At least someone dragged the carcass off to the side of the road.

Hopefully it was instant death for the little fellow.

Source: OnHand Agrarian Facebook

Midnight Sunda Pangolin (Manis javanica) carcass report investigation. If you didn’t know where a Pangolin’s mammaries lie—there they are.

Source: Marcus Chua Twitter

This is the same Sunda Pangolin carcass along Lornie Road reported by N. Sivasothi.

Dead Sunda Pangolin (Manis javanica) at Lornie Road, near Andrew Road, last Sunday. Sad. Looks ripe. NEA cleaners would’ve cleared it.

Source: N. Sivasothi Twitter

We thank Benjamin Lee and Raem Tan from NParks for notifying us of a Sunda Pangolin (Manis javanica) carcass this morning in the Mandai area.

Preliminary inspection shows broken scales and bruises that indicate vehicular impact as the cause of death. The carcass has been recovered by the museum, and analysis of its stomach contents would tell us more about the diet of Pangolins as part of an existing research project.

If you see dead wildlife, do not let them die in vain, as they are valuable for science. Please alert us here.

Source: Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum Facebook

Photograph by Gary S. H. Chua

Sunda Pangolin (Manis javanica) carcass at Upper Thomson Road

Location, date and time: Singapore Island, Upper Thomson Road near Casuarina Road junction; 12 January 2010; 0130 hrs.

Observation: A fresh carcass was found lying on its left side in the middle of the road. At about 60 cm in total length, this individual appears to be a juvenile. It seemed to have sustained injuries to its hindquarters which probably caused severe internal bleeding

Remarks: The dead pangolin was most likely hit by a motor vehicle when it was crossing the road. Sunda Pangolins frequent forest, scrub and rural habitats. Although locally widespread, they are seldom seen. Pangolins suffer from habitat loss and their meat is in high demand. Due to their wandering nature and clumsy gait, they are prone to becoming roadkill when crossing highways. The Sunda Pangolin is regarded as ‘Critically Endangered’ in Singapore (Lim et al., 2008: 191).

Reference:

  • Lim, K. K. P., R. Subaraj, S. H. Yeo, N. Lim, D. Lane & B. Y. H. Lee, 2008. Mammals. In: Davison, G. W. H., P. K. L. Ng & H. C. Ho. The Singapore Red Data Book. Threatened Plants & Animals of Singapore. Nature Society (Singapore). pp. 190-207.

Source: Singapore Biodiversity Records 2014: 285