We'd like to introduce Arthur, our NOMS special friend. Our Zoolatry Humans do not like him too much as he makes many holes in the yard. It also concerned us a great deal that he frequently steals the food left for Annie and Charlie on our front porch. So, we invited him in to visit recently, and it turns out he's an O.K. kind of guy.
"I've never seen a Jaguar, Nor yet an Armadillo dilloing in his armour,
And I s'pose I never will." Rudyard Kipling, The Beginning of the Armadillos
Some things Arthur has told us about himself, over the last few days of our growing friendship:
Armadillo is Spanish for "little armored one".
The most common in the U.S.A. is the nine-banded armadillo who range across the south central states from their homes in Texas north to Kansas and east to Florida.
During the Great Depression, they were often called "Hoover Hogs" as down on their luck
people would eat them as they didn't have the infamous "chicken in every pot".
(Our human wonders if we're headed there once again... armadillo appetizers anyone?)
In 1995, they were named the state small mammal of Texas.
(Our human rather wishes they would go back there.)
An armadillo can inflate its tummy and float across water and they can hold their
breath for six minutes or more.
(Our human wonders if they could perhaps float across the Indian River.)
It is said that an armadillo without its shell resembles a rabbit.
(Can you picture Arthur in an Easter basket? Didn't think so!)