Nine-banded Armadillo - Click To Enlarge

An Armadillo Can Jump, Very High

Yes, they jump. I learned quite a few things about them. All after I followed a few into the woods. Not the first time I have gotten things backwards.

First, Armadillos are reported to be not very bright. I agree. Why would a strange critter like this allow a big human to photograph them in the woods.

Second, poor eyesight. Again we agree. he looked right at me several times. Never seemed to bother him.

Nine-banded Armadillo - Click To Enlarge
Nine-banded Armadillo – Click To Enlarge

Third, and most important. When startled they jump straight up in the air. I myself would say they ‘shoot straight up’.

Nine-banded Armadillo - Click To Enlarge
Nine-banded Armadillo – Click To Enlarge

Now you see why learning this before could have been useful. I’m born and raised NYC, so when I have this…….

Nine-banded Armadillo - Click To Enlarge
Nine-banded Armadillo – Click To Enlarge

..jumps up like it’s shot out of a canon, in my view finder, I can be excused for my reaction. No details but my wife loved it.

One last note. Armadillos can run fast and growl loud. But so can photographers.

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