Pangolin News

It was July last year when a pangolin popped into my head.   Not literally you understand, but once he was here I couldn’t shake him out for a long time.    Infact it was December,  before I stopped writing about the friendly little devil 👿    ( You can see all my earlier posts on the subject by clicking on “Pangolin” at the bottom of the TAG Cloud)

Now the little blighter is back again and he may not be  so friendly, just more of a devil  👿👿👿👿👿👿

A report in the New York Times on the 5th May speculated on whether the Chinese   appetite for eating pangolin meat and a belief that their scales have healing properties may have led to the outbreak of Coronavirus.

I have no idea if there is any truth in this, but I won’t  be buying anymore mugs or tee shirts and nor will I be celebrating World Pangolin Day on my birthday next year !

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5 Responses to Pangolin News

  1. david freeman says:

    truth or fibs

  2. davidwfreeman237 says:

    1st.April 2020 after 12 noon: No Fool?
    Dear John! This is a missive, further to my handwritten note to your centre of excellence.
    I am unsure if due to the date 1st. April, as April Fools day, or the commencement of the new business year, and I have been given ‘hoops’ to jump through, by the security of this ‘WordPress’ web/blog site?
    However if I have pushed the right buttons, and completed the correct procedure, I have this missive for your and others enlightenment.
    Pangolin’s wrapped up in a snug ball, with in their respective burrows, are being inundated with careful words, and an apparent show of compassion: However one must as everyone remain socially isolated, and gently dream of many a summers day and there again as an oldie- life when I was younger and had no worries, or responsibilities, as such when one enters the golden years of life.
    I am dreaming of my school mates, and friends, playing and taking part in sporting activities for the school house one was allocated too! One of my past-times giving me great fun was the ‘Scouting Movement’ as a ‘Wolf Cub-red six’ then the Scout Troop Kingfisher Patrol and many a happy annual summer camp-[Gilling East/Kettlewell/Coverham/ the 50 year Jamboree in Sutton Park, and Bloody Valley Swaledale]. I then joined the Senior Scouts [Mallory Patrol] and went on a camp and hike to Havdanger Fjord in Norway. Then my working life took over and I left home for the North East Coast in England and the ship building and shipping industry. {Which remained my chosen working career}.
    During these formative years I was challenged by girls, booze, and as an unresponsive yobo! Behaviour as a typical young man.
    My father encourage me to read books of reason, concerning social skills and knowledge. The first book was ‘Scouting for Boys’ and how to be a respectable scout-Good- then a book on the actual facts of life and how to respect ones body, without going blind? Then a more interesting and good book to read, of how to behave in adult mixed social company, and respect the social graces society. The book was ‘Rovering To Success’ again by Sir Robert Baden Powell.
    As a true Pangolin I will now self isolate, unless BODJ and his Cohorts release some enlightening guidance, for me to contemplate and digest.

  3. Len Teff says:

    Fear not, John. The Pangolin is innocent!

    Let me restore your faith in the beleaguered Pangolin.

    The original suggestion that Pangolins were responsible for the latest zoonotic virus to be created in China (remember Sars?) arose in a press conference on 7 February when researchers from the South China Agricultural University in Guangzhou suggested them as the animal source. Although sales of the animal are forbidden in China as part of a worldwide ban, they are still smuggled in from a handful of south-east Asian and African countries. The researchers said they had found a coronavirus in smuggled Pangolins that was a 99% genetic match to the virus circulating in people.

    But the result did not actually refer to the entire genome. In fact, it related to a specific site known as the receptor-binding domain (RBD).

    The RBD is a crucial part of coronaviruses, which allows them to latch on to and enter a cell. Even a 99% similarity between the RBDs of the two viruses is not necessarily enough to link them, says Linfa Wang, a virologist at Duke–National University of Singapore Medical School who was part of the team that found the origin of the SARS virus.

    By the 20th February three further and more detailed studies had exonerated the Pangolin.

    A whole-genome comparison found that the Pangolin and human viruses share only 90.3% of their DNA. At least a 99.8% match is needed to establish a conclusive match.

    So far, the closest match to the human coronavirus has been found in a bat in China’s Yunnan province.

    In any case, as Jiang Zhigang, an ecologist at the Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Zoology in Beijing, pointed out ‘If Pangolins are the source of the virus, and they came from another country, why haven’t there been reports of people being infected in that location?’

    Having finally admitted the source of Covid-19 – the wet food market – the Chinese authorities announced an immediate ban. Naturally, this hasn’t actually happened. Neither will they be very effective at convincing superstitious Chinese that Pangolin scales do not actually possess magical medicinal qualities. After all, they are still the world’s major market for powdered rhino horn.

    One irony that struck me over this affair. As the nation that gave the World Covid-19, having even tried to blame a visiting US mission, Chinese manufacturers are now in business selling respirators to the UK and other states. Surely they should be supplying them free!

  4. davidwfreeman237 says:

    the net and web, and the alleged truth of an animal virus running riot. It is all riveting reading, and John,s and then Len’s comments, bring a smile to my face? What is the truth??

  5. davidwfreeman237 says:

    feet on the ground-This sat 4 april 2020 sat daily mail, and the Government corona virus broadcast at 16.00. sober reading, and mind blowing advice to follow as a 77 year old, living in a retirement village.
    The elephant in the room,is there is no absolute cure for corona virus, or medical inoculation to date. We must learn from each other, and be compassionate in or at times of difficulty.

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