Pink Fairy Armadillos

I may have to change my avatar.


First of all, anything named fairy has got to be a LBGT ally.  Second of all it has a butt plate, which it uses for digging. Third of all it is covered with silky hair, white silky hair.

The scientific name is Chlamyphorus truncatus.

This video isn’t great, but evidently the woman who made it, Mariella Superina of the CONICET research center in Mendoza, Argentina, struggled to save this stray. I love the butt plate in action.

Best quote from the Science News article:

This rare glimpse may have solved a paleontological mystery, too: Previously found rows of compacted earth discs that look like slumping sliced bread may actually be the work of ancient fairy armadillos’ butt plates.


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