Thursday, March 26, 2020

The Suspect


Never heard of  pangolin, until the outbreak of the corona virus. They say it is responsible for the transmission of the virus to humans in Wuhan, China where it all started several months ago.


pangolin (web picture)

This ant/ termite - eating mammal is popular in east and south-east Asia for its meat and scales (used in medicines and jewelery).
It is not clear yet whether pangolin is the source of the virus or just  'the intermediate host', its transmitter from bats to humans.

 At any rate, it is believed that the pangolin is the 'chief suspect', and that the wildlife market in Wuhan is "the scene of the crime" .



pangolin (web picture)

The Chinese authorities have already closed the market down and taken drastic measures to increase penalties, strenghten enforcement, improving education against wild meat consumption.

The pangolin is considered the most trafficked mammal in the world.   Sadly, Nigeria (Africa) hasn't taken any measures against the trade of pangolin, even after the corona virus outbreak.

chinese pangolin  (web picture)



38 comments:

  1. Anything is possible.

    Hygienic, safe agricultural habits are not the habit in China. I won't purchase any food products from China...I never have. Their bad practices have been well-known for years. I don't know how they've been allowed to get away with it. Human waste used as fertiliser...no thanks!!!

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    1. All I know about chinese habits is their preference to eat meat of dogs, snakes, bats, and of other animals not accepted in the western kitchen.

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  2. The Pangolin is an extreme example of our attitude to wildlife in general. Encounters with wildlife and humans are invariably disastrous for the wildlife.CORVID-19 may be the warning we need to mend our ways. But don't bet too much against the proclivity of humans to follow one level of stupidity with an even higher one,

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    1. I wish humans would stop hunting, selling, killing animals. We have no right to do so.

      In Chernobil, wild animals have taken over the very scarcely populated area.
      That might happen in other parts of the world too, with or without nuclear leak or viruses.

      We humans see ourselves as superior to plants and animals, but we're gradually losing this superiority.

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  3. Wow this was fascinating to read. I knew the outbreak was because of the open market they had but I didn't realize what animal is suspected to have caused it. Hopefully in the future China will continue to do restrictions on such markets so this doesn't happen again!

    betty

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    1. China seems to be doing the right thing, but it is rather "too little and too late". The world is in big, big trouble.

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  4. Oh my, that's wild!
    Pardon the pun!
    Not to make light of it, but yes, to make and shine LIGHT is what we need!

    Thank you for sharing, its something I had no idea of until seeing your post.

    Glad to see you back Duta, was missing you and praying for you!!

    Much love!❤️

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    1. It's hard for me to concentrate on blogging when there are so many infected people among us (especially as I am in the age risk group).
      Thanks for the praying.
      Love to you too!

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    2. I understand Duta! Thanks!
      Also its interesting how this animal is so "un"-kosher. And how we are in a 'forced' rest, these things remind me how out-of balance we are in the world with not keeping God's laws. He gives us the laws that are good for us, and He gives us His Salvation, Yeshua I do hope and pray many in Israel and all the world will call on His name!! Blessings! Shabbat Shalom!!♡

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    3. I know you would. So far, we have about 3000 corona cases in Israel. Scary!

      You're right about the out- of- balance world for not keeping God's laws.
      Indeed, God gives us good laws but we disobey or totally ignore them.

      Blessings and Shabbat Shalom , Shayndel!

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  5. I can't help but wish that people would stop eating these weird critters. I know we all have our traditions, I do respect that, but now that science is able to tell what's definitely not good for humanity, enough already.

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    1. I totally agree with you, Inger. I also respect habits and traditions, but it appears that ignoring certain habits in the past is about to destroy the world in the present.

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  6. I never heard of it either. Gee, I love blogging!

    Stay well!

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    1. You're not the only one, Jeanie.
      The pangolin was sent to declare: 'virus in, people out'.

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  7. I don't believe in this story, they had to find a culprit ! We rather believe that it was a chemical virus made by men which got out of control ! Meanwhile the USA is on top of the list of infected people, before China and Italy !

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    1. Could be some experiment gone wrong. We know nothing for sure. Whatever it is it's a crime against the human race.

      USA and UK were late with taking measures.There are measures that help, at least temporarily.

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  8. So sad as he's a cute little creature. I wonder if the reason that the USA is on top of the list is that there is more access to testing therefore confirming more cases? I just completed week one of working from home and I am not a fan! I miss my coworkers, I miss going out for lunch for something different every day, I miss getting dressed up and applying makeup and wearing shoes! HAHA Seriously I have worked all week in sweats and slippers! We here in Kern County have 38 confirmed cases and our first death today. A 48 year old woman, mother of three...so sad.

    Stay safe dear DUTA and don't take any chances. Thanks for the info on this little creature.

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    1. 'cute' - you've said it for me. I felt rather ashamed to use this word for a creature suspected of (unintentional) 'mass murder'.
      Yes, work from home is no great fun, although it has its advantages.

      All the best to you, Alicia! Take care.

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  9. This is very thought provoking. Thanks for sharing this interesting information. I've never heard of it before. I’m glad to read about it here.


    Wishing you all the best!

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    1. Thank you for reading and leaving a comment.
      'Bad news travel fast', as they say. The info on the pangolin is already widely known.

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  10. I think the same as Gattina, that perhaps the virus did originally come from animals, but that it was tampered with in the labs. It is easier to blame an animal. It is harder to blame a lab...too many protective walls up to stop the truth from being told.

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    1. Your words sound logical to me. We may never know the truth, though,
      as we're too busy to survive.
      Stay safe, Vera!

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  11. I have see that market in tv, so many poor amimals out there kept on horrible conditions, so sad. Have a lovely day!

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    1. I suppose it's not for 'the faint of heart' to view that kind of market.
      Wildlife markets should be banned everywhere!

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  12. As always, your research feeds me. Stay well, my friend. I hope you have everything you need.

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    1. So far, thank God, I've got the essentials, but things are not looking good at the moment.
      There are lots of infected cases - about 3,500. May God help us!
      Thanks for inquiring, and take care.

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  13. Interesting and informative, thank you.

    I'm still not really sure where this virus started, but I applaud all involved in the looking after and care of the sick.

    May we all come together in this, and move forward.

    All the best Jan

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    1. I appreciate your words, especially your call for togetherness in our attempts to deal with the situation caused by the virus.

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  14. I also heard about the open Chinese markets, but didn't know about the connection to this animal. Shame on me, but thanks Duta for the education. And add my concern that you will also remain safe as we have been here, so far.

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    1. You're welcome.
      Thanks for being anxious about my safety. On Monday, total lockdown will probably be declared.

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  15. Such an unassuming, adorable animal. Hard to believe this is where it came from. I was expecting a monster!

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    1. Yes, Sandi dear. It's hard to believe that this cute animal, popular in many countries, is associated with such a terrible virus! (so far, we've got over 4 thousand infected people in Israel!).

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    2. Duta, how many people live in Israel? How many deaths have there been? In my state I believe we have about 1,700 cases. We have had 7 deaths.

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    3. Hi Sandi,
      In answer to your questions:
      - about 9 million people
      - 5,358 infected cases
      - 20 deaths

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    4. I think this lockdown has really stopped it in its tracks. It seems like that to me. We have 10 mil here in North Carolina.

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    5. Yes, it seems that for now, this is the only way to lower the bad numbers.
      This, and lots of daily tests for the corona virus. Many people that carry the virus are asymptomatic, and thus go undetected.

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  16. I learned a lot here Duta, and didn't know this. It saddens me that people traffic people and animals without giving it a second thought. I have a map on my television that gives me those infected and deaths in every country, with us in the states being number 1. Continue to be safe, and I'm sending you lots of air hugs, RO

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    1. Thanks Ro, for your kind words.
      It's all very sad and scary. The statistics are not accurate. The numbers are higher in reality.

      Stay safe and well!

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