Published: Thu, February 16, 2017
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Google Valentine's Day Logo

When you click on the doodle, you are taken to a game which tells the story of two long-distance lovers who have been struck by Cupid's arrow.

Today Google's homepage features a Valentine's Day themed game called "Pangolin Love".

But while the game is all about celebrating romance, real pangolins are on the brink of extinction.

Pangolins are the only scaly mammals on this planet and are also the most trafficked ones.

In addition to the game, the Google Doodle also includes facts about pangolins- like about how long their tongues are (which they use to grab food like ants and termites), or how the babies ride on their mother's tales, or that their scales are made from keratin. "Now it's up to the public to get involved and help choose this year's victor by visiting the Doodle 4 Google website and voting for their favourite doodle".

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

Wildlife experts estimate that more than 1 million pangolins have been illegally traded in the past decade, despite national and global efforts to crack down on poaching. The first stop is in Ghana to learn how to make chocolate cake. It will learn how to make a lovely melody to serenade its partner. The game completes when the player excels at finishing all the romantic activities. When threatened, the scaly critters curl up into a tight ball of sharp-scaled tails that serve as protection. Users play a game where the pangolins travel to different countries learning about different romantic gestures around the world.

The good news is you can't really die or lose lives, though there is a three minute time limit and little pointy traps that push you back if you run into them. You can share your views in the comment section below.

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