Three banded armadillo

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I think it is part of the bird family – (Alan did the ID for me on that point) but I thought you would like it. It is the smallest of the kind and is the only one which will roll into a complete ball. Once shut you cannot prize it open.

The keeper saw my wife and I taking pictures and thought we would like to meet the little fellow. The shell is rock hard but the webbing between each band is so very soft to allow the flexibility. It did not seem concerned at all but jumped when I took a flash shot so I took no more that way.

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13 Jul, 2011
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littlewren said:

fab photos but what a little treasure..and how special being able to "get up close and personal" so to speak...marvellous Mother Nature

13 Jul, 2011
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quote "once shut you cannot prise it open"..... talking about your wallet again Mike....... LOL...... great set of photos.

13 Jul, 2011
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robashfield said:

So this is the way to "armadillo"!!!! lol great pics....

14 Jul, 2011
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eje said:

Fantastic!!!!

15 Jul, 2011
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aster said:

Such cute eyes,how lucky to get so close too :)

16 Jul, 2011
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david said:

Gr8 opportunity to handle and get pics of this charming little creature. Looks like some live version of a Rubik's Cube.

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