Flush it Friday: Pangolin Appreciation


My road to pangolins was a strange one indeed, beginning with Pokémon Red in 1998. I was drawn to Sandslash by their spiny exteriors, giant claws and mysterious eyes—they’re quite alien, and as a weird little fledgling, I felt a sense of camaraderie with them. I’m not sure how it happened (thought I wouldn’t be surprised if David Attenborough or National Geographic were involved), but by third grade, I was making a clay diorama of a pangolin for some sort of biology project. (I will never forget the merciless taunting that I had some sort of lisp and just couldn’t say the word “penguin” correctly, even though yes, clearly penguins have scales and don’t have wings.)

As is the way of the world, the older I got, the more I realized everything is fucked. It’s entirely unexpected, but pangolins are the most trafficked mammal on the planet. The illegal trade of pangolins is focused on their scales (made of nothing more than keratin), which are believed to have health benefits and magical powers in traditional Chinese medicine. As of 2020, all 8 species of pangolin are vulnerable to extinction. If you’re interested in pangolin conservation, please check out this link to learn more about what you can do to help these fantastic critters. Bonus photo of a very shocked lioness after seeing her dinner roll up into an impenetrable ball:

I am once again making FiF posts that have nothing to do with music. But that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate the hard work the fam put in this week. Check it:

BSG stepped up to the plate with his review of Non Serviam‘s Le Couer Bat:

REVIEW: Non Serviam – Le Coeur Bat

I dusted off my wings and actually generated content for once with a Sepulchral Curse premiere:

Track Premiere: Sepulchral Curse – “Dead Stars Drawing Spirals”

A Spooky Mansion reviewed a new collab between Bell Witch and Aerial Ruin, and by the time he was finished writing, the album was only half over:

Review: Bell Witch & Aerial Ruin – Stygian Bough

Spear brought that tech death gear:

Tech Death Thursday: Karmacipher – Introspectrum

Did you know about pangolins? Do you love them now? Tell me random animal facts along with your G/B/Us please.

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