Google Valentine's Day doodle with the most poached mammal

Lynne Hanson
February 14, 2017

"Pangolins are the most poached and trafficked mammal in the world..."

Monday's Google Doodle is an effort to educate people about pangolins and how they range from vulnerable to critically endangered. Along with changing its logo, the company is also releasing a game every day leading up to Valentine's Day, starring two pangolins.

Google's Valentine's Day doodle series began over the weekend when the site launched the first of its doodles, but only on mobile.

"This Valentine's Day, we're telling the tale of two long-distance loves who have been struck by Cupid's arrow", Jordan Thompson, a software engineer on the Google Doodle team, wrote in a blog post. We hope that by playing this Doodle game, you can learn a bit more about these wonderful creatures. They resemble scaly anteaters, and are found in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. But that number likely only represents 10 percent of the actual volume of pangolins being traded illegally, according to the World Wildlife Fund. The pangolin is the only truly scaly mammal in the world, rocking a full armor of scales so they can roll up into a ball when threatened.

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Google's playable Pangolin Love doodle includes a link to the WWF's page, where users can virtually adopt a pangolin to donate and protect the endangered species. The game ends when all of the gifts are delivered.

The animated doodle takes one of the pangolins on a long journey through Ghana, India, China and the Philippines to teach it how to best romance its partner.

As you go through the game, you'll have to pick up different items to rack up points, and earn as many stars as possible.

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