Armored and Adorable
July 31, 2014 3:43 PM   Subscribe

posted by Elmore at 3:54 PM on July 31, 2014 [8 favorites]

I need a gif of this.
posted by Brittanie at 4:00 PM on July 31, 2014 [1 favorite]

Segmented joy!
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 4:20 PM on July 31, 2014 [1 favorite]

Armadillos pounce. Who knew?
posted by Faint of Butt at 4:26 PM on July 31, 2014 [6 favorites]

Hate to down your trip but...
posted by lupus_yonderboy at 4:28 PM on July 31, 2014

I'm sorry, I just can't find armadillos cute. I mean . . . LEPROSY
posted by GastrocNemesis at 4:29 PM on July 31, 2014 [1 favorite]

I watched this even though I'm not currently in a cute emergency.

I have no regrets
posted by aubilenon at 4:44 PM on July 31, 2014 [3 favorites]

This is a three-banded, they don't carry leprosy like nine-banded armadillos do.
posted by tavella at 4:49 PM on July 31, 2014

posted by rtha at 5:13 PM on July 31, 2014 [38 favorites]

I like how it looks like it's up on tiptoes.
posted by rtha at 5:35 PM on July 31, 2014 [4 favorites]

I did not know I needed that but I totally needed that.
posted by bibliogrrl at 5:47 PM on July 31, 2014 [3 favorites]

+1 for semi-unusual critter action. I must admit, I've never thought before about armadillos playing with toys.

Dogs of my acquaintance seem to like things that squeak and things they can chew, while cats enjoy things filled with catnip, and chasing moving objects like a feather on a stick, laser pointer, etc.

So what makes for a good armadillo toy? Size, texture, color, sproingy-ness, or what? And did the armadillo's humans discover this by trial and error? So many questions.
posted by Nat "King" Cole Porter Wagoner at 5:50 PM on July 31, 2014 [6 favorites]

Had no idea they played - cool!
posted by leslies at 5:58 PM on July 31, 2014

I'm an armadillo... now I'm a pill bug! Armadillo... pill bug! Whee!
posted by kinnakeet at 6:24 PM on July 31, 2014 [1 favorite]

Definitely in need of cute things! A leprosy-ridden smile is better than no smile at all!!
posted by ChuraChura at 6:29 PM on July 31, 2014 [1 favorite]

I showed a GIF of the first pounce in this to my wife last week, who sent it to her mother. My father-in-law not being familiar with GIFs asked "why does he keep doing it?" We all had a good laugh at his expense, so I'm amused to see that he does indeed keep doing it.
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 6:33 PM on July 31, 2014 [2 favorites]

A video of a vicious armadillo attack.

For once the YT comments section got it right. That there is one mean 'dillo imitating a cougar attacking an innocent pink bear.

Re the leprosy article:

The cases are concentrated in Louisiana and Texas, where some people hunt, skin and eat armadillos.

The fragility of the leprosy bacterium suggests that infections result from something more than casual contact with an armadillo, Dr. Truman said.

“The important thing is that people should be discouraged from consuming armadillo flesh or handling it,” Dr. Truman said.

Sounds to me people are getting way to physical with the nine-banded dillos. Seems to me you're perfectly safe if you just leave them alone.

After all, it's not like 'dillos can stalk and pounce!

Bulgaroktonos, where is that gif location? I NEED that gif!!
posted by BlueHorse at 6:36 PM on July 31, 2014 [1 favorite]

posted by nadawi at 7:30 PM on July 31, 2014 [2 favorites]

I made noises watching that.
posted by maudlin at 7:30 PM on July 31, 2014 [4 favorites]

Second time this week I've seen a baby armadillo and thought I need to photograph one. So frickin cute.
posted by photoslob at 7:52 PM on July 31, 2014

But every year dozens of people in the United States do not recognize their skin lesions for what they are early enough and suffer lifelong nerve damage as a result.

But how do you recognize the skin lesions? I even followed the links to their stupid syndicated NYT-branded medical entry and it didn't have pictures. Maybe the NYT is "The Gray Lady" because she has leprosy from not bothering to find out its symptoms despite telling everyone how dangerous leprosy is.
posted by XMLicious at 8:25 PM on July 31, 2014 [2 favorites]

Adorable. I've eaten armadillos (I have no idea how many bands they had, but no leprosy ensued), but this one would get kisses from me (petting doesn't seem useful given the shell) instead.
posted by Dip Flash at 8:34 PM on July 31, 2014

Thanks, you saved me from a potential cute emergency this morning!
posted by littlepeeo at 1:06 AM on August 1, 2014

The consumption of armadillos was much more prevalent in Texas during the Great Depression when they were sometimes known as East Texas pork or Hoover hogs...
posted by jim in austin at 5:25 AM on August 1, 2014 [3 favorites]

I love the little roly-poly POUNCE!! onto the toy. So cute!
posted by sarcasticah at 11:39 AM on August 1, 2014

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