Animal of the Week!
This week’s animal is the Pink Fairy Armadillo. Without the tail (which it uses as a “fifth leg” to maintain balance), this armadillo is usually 3.5 to 4.5 inches long. We’re not entirely sure of its conservation status due to inefficient data; it used to be classed as endangered, but now it’s labelled “data deficient”. It’s found in central Argentina in dry grasslands and sandy plains. This armadillo spends a lot of its time underground, using its long front claws to dig its way through the dirt and sand, and can bury itself in a matter of seconds if it’s scared and needs to get away from a potential predator. They’re omnivores; they eat plant matter and small invertebrates.