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Cindi    Posted 06-12-2003 at 04:33:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
My son Jake took off about noon yesterday to go hunting for a hog. I knew he would be back, it was too hot to sit out there waiting for a wild hog to come along, so when he snuck up on the back porch and leaned his rifle by the door less than thirty minutes later, I was not surprised.

What did surprise me, however, was the little baby armadillo that he had clutched in his left hand. It was small enough that his fourteen year old hand went completely around it's midsection.

"What the heck is that?"

"It's a ..."

"Well....I know what it is, what are you going to do with it?" The little armadillos ears twitched as if he was real interested in what Jake's answer would be.

"I dunno. I just caught it because it was standing there by my foot looking up at me and I thought you'd like to see it. There was three more just like it, diggin' in the grove. I think we should turn it loose."

The girls, up until that point were semi-comatose on the couch. Next thing I knew the kitchen was full of bodies.

"'s so cute, can we keep it?"

", I think we should turn it loose" Jake said again.

I never heard of anybody keeping an armadillo as a pet. We've had raccoons, possums, wild rabbits, even an occasional snake, but never an armadillo.

"I'll have to ask your daddy."

Jake retrieved a wire rabbit cage from the shed and we dumped him in it. He proceeded to run from corner to corner trying to find the door and I got Fred on the phone. Told him what Jake had found, wanted to know if we should turn it loose. The girls had their noses mere inches from the cage getting up close and personal with something they had only seen from a distance to date.

"Heh...heh...heh.." He said. There it was again.

"Well, keep it or turn it loose, I guess it's up to you, but you need to know that armadillos carry leprosy."

"That's it! I knew there was something!" Jake about knocked the door off the hinges getting to the bathroom to wash his hands and the girls said in stereo...."Ewwwwwwwwwwww!"

"Get that thing out of here." I said. "Take the cage out front and tip it over with the door open by the tractor, let him come out on his own when he's ready, and you girls wash your hands."

"But we didn't touch it..."

I don't care, wash 'em anyway, and wash your eyes too." I said for good measure, shuddering. Then I disnefected the floor. Talk about you built in defense mechanism. I think Jake has been cured from ever trying to catch another armadillo, even if it does just walk up and sit down by his foot.

Red Dave    Posted 06-12-2003 at 08:15:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
With the rise in rabies incidents over the past few years, I try to not handle wild animals any more than I have to anymore.
Especially if they seem too "friendly".
Around here, it's not even legal to "relocate" nuisance animals anymore. The state says to destroy them.

DeadCarp    Posted 06-12-2003 at 07:49:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
Aw baloney - of course armadilloes can't give you leprosy anyway. (They can sniff it out though) You can handle them, have them as pets, eat them, stuff them, anything ya want. You normally don't need to have any leprosy worries at all - Tell Jake to just be real careful of any little ones that come stand by your feet. That means you're standing in a pile of it. bwahahahaaha!


Cindi    Posted 06-12-2003 at 08:09:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Maybe he was mistaken for the pile of....bwahahahaaha! Lol!

Cindi    Posted 06-12-2003 at 08:27:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
It's true about the leprosy though, I looked it up. In five percent of the nine banded dillo, the leprosy bacteria has been found. They discovered it when using them for reasearch to ironically enough, battle leprosy. But leprosy is very treatable nowadays, nothing like it used to be. However, it could take up to fifteen years for the illness to manifest itself with obvious symptoms. So you may have it for a long time before you know you have it. Creepy.

Salmoneye    Posted 06-12-2003 at 04:45:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
They were (and still are) often kept for pets...

There is some correlation however to 'dillos and leprosy...

Cindi    Posted 06-12-2003 at 05:39:01       [Reply]  [No Email]

Really? Well, maybe next time. I know a lot of people eat them, but I've tasted dillo meat before and I didn't care for it.

Lenore    Posted 06-12-2003 at 07:22:09       [Reply]  [No Email]

Not a very pretty critter.
I personally think it looks more like a possum.
I guess those efficient highway dept. people would know better than me.

Deffinately...    Posted 06-12-2003 at 09:44:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
A possum...


Clod    Posted 06-12-2003 at 15:53:11       [Reply]  [No Email]


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