Google's Valentine's Day Doodle has one pangolin journeying to its soulmate

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The pangolin, a mammal covered in scales, was featured in Monday's Google Doodle. Along with changing its logo, the company is also releasing a game every day leading up to Valentine's Day, starring two pangolins.

Protecting the wildlife may not be among the top things that come to mind when thinking about Valentine's Day, but Google thinks it should.

Themed around the day of love, the latest Google Doodle takes over the U.S. search engine's homepage in countries across the globe, including Canada, United States, Argentina, Australia, France, UK and more. "More than one million pangolins have been illegally taken from the wild to be used in fashion products and purported medicinal remedies", the World Wildlife Fund points out. The rampant illegal trade combined with a rapid loss of habitat has led to the eight species of pangolin becoming critically endangered. Over 80% of the pangolin population has been wiped out in Asia by poachers.

After all the levels of the game are completed, the two pangolins meet for the first time and hopefully live happily ever after.

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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. You can play them on desktop or mobile, but better hurry as Valentine's Day is nearly upon us.

The easiest way to launch the game is to head to the Google homepage - Google.co.uk - and hit the play symbol.

There are three versions, set in Ghana, India and China.

As part of the game, the pangolin travels to various countries to learn about romantic gestures around the world.

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