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January 10, 2022

OUR WORST FEAR HAS BEEN REALIZED

Climate change means you could see more armadillos in North Carolina

(Thanks to Roberto)

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For some reason I've got an image of a squirrel riding the back of an armadillo, Slim Pickens' style, and yelling, "Yee haw! Yee haw!"

An armored what?

At least the chickens will have some competition trying to cross the road.

Or fewer Canadians in Florida ?

Nursecindy is hiding now, I guess. Those animals are vicious and known to eat people alive.

My former neighbor called them critters "Possum on the half shell".

Steverino, does that neighbor have leprosy now?

This can't possibly be beneficial to the sperm counts.

Not if I see them first.

We welcome our new armadillo rulers.

Loco---nursecindy is most likely hiding because she doesn't want to deal with armadillos carrying leprosy and an ER would be the first-place infected people would run to for help.

Here is and actual excerpt from a CDC release on armadillos carrying leprosy.

"Due to the slow-growing nature of the bacteria and the long time it takes to develop signs of the disease, it is often very difficult to find the source of infection.

"In the southern United States, some armadillos are naturally infected with the bacteria that cause Hansen’s disease in people and it may be possible that they can spread it to people. However, the risk is very low and most people who come into contact with armadillos are unlikely to get Hansen’s disease.

"For general health reasons, avoid contact with armadillos whenever possible. If you had a contact with an armadillo and are worried about getting Hansen’s disease, talk to your healthcare provider. Your doctor will follow up with you over time and perform periodic skin examinations to see if you develop the disease. In the unlikely event that you have Hansen’s disease, your doctor can help you get treatment."

also known as Hoover hogs

MOTW---It's too bad squirrels never caught on as food in those hard days.

Which one is the Christmas Armadillo?

My understanding is the Christmas Hoover Hog is the one with the red & green balls.

Are Armadillos found in Australia?

Answer.

The nation breathes a huge sigh of relief.

man tom--Venomous armadillos NOT living in Australia is surprising. The ones we have here carry leprosy, so maybe Mother Nature considered that a fair trade.

Le Petomane - I've driven through Amarillo, TX numerous times. Not only did I see armadillos along the highway, the town smelled *AWFUL*. Apparently the town has a processing plant with several hundred thousand heads of cattle at all times waiting in the drive thru at McDonalds. Oh, while we are on the subject of cross country travel, I was informed to never drive through Gallop, NM on a Friday night, the local Indians get paid that night. Oh, and never, ever eat at fast food joints while on the road. I was told unless I wanted the runs for days uncounted. A nice Steak and an occasional Pizza Hut pie are good, but no KFC. Oh, did I tell you about the time I was out on the road with a driver and a guy I worked with? The time He picked up the Lounge Singer from the Boca Raton Holiday Inn? True story. he brough her up to our room in the middle of the night. I was sleeping. Actually she dragged him to the room in the middle of the night. He was still grabbing at her lounge singer costume dress, which was quite revealing, when she mistakenly laid him on the bed next to me. She split like the Little Rascals. The guy trolled over onto me and must have thought the blanket was my dress. When He stirf to strattle me, I had enough, like 3 seconds of enough, I pushed him off the bed and said, "What the ^%43@@@@@!!!!@@@@@!!ck" are you tryin' to do "Ph&$$$$@@@@@@(())!!!" me?

The crazy thing about Lee, the guy who tried to "PH@@@@@^^^%%!!!=" me that night, had to go to a court hearing some months later as a witness for me. All day while driving to and from the building Lee kept saying, "Muff or Muff Diving." He say like, "I'd rather be muff diving, where are going now" Did I ever tell you about the time...oh never mind. You will think I should have just been shot, period. End of the story.

Le Petomane? Don' breathe a word of this to the aliens. I didn't proof read any of this and I don't care to have to ruff them up for not mentioning them.

We have armadillos in southern Illinois near St. Louis.

Last week an armadillo waddled down our street, and while the front gate was open, waddled into our front yard. Our weenie dog Blondie barked at him to no avail so I used a long stick to guide it on its way out the gate. At no time did it attempt to attack anything. Funny when we first moved here we were greeted by a dead armadillo in our yard. From our experiences here with the local rednecks, it was probably a warning we should have heeded.

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