When a predator approaches, pangolins rolls up into a ball and relies on it scaly armor for protection. But those skills have proven to be its greatest vulnerability. Up to 2.7 million pangolins are killed annually, because their scales fetch a high value in countries like China where many people mistakenly believed that the scales possessed magical healing properties. Legal trade in pangolins have been banned in China. But the demand persists, in part because China’s government hasn’t released an official statement educating consumer that pangolin scales possessed no magical healing properties in traditional medicine.