I desire one as a pet, please.
Pink Fairy Armadillo
♥ adorable ♥
You just made my day with this. ^^
OMG THE CUTE
Fun fact about armadillos – most of them carry leprosy due to wacky science experiments done on them by American scientists in the fifties.
Holy crap that’s rad. And terrible. But also rad.
It doesn’t affect them, which is why they were the animals chosen for tinkering, they only carry it, the way tsetse carry sleeping sickness.
Bonus fun fact: Wigglesworthia glossinidia brevipalpis, Sir Vincent Brian Wigglesworth, (you can’t make this stuff up), is a Gram-negative symbiotically co-evolved bacterium in the family Enterobacteriaceae, related to E. coli, which lives in the gut of the tsetse fly. Because of this relationship, Wigglesworthia has lost a large part of its genome and has one of the smallest known genomes of any living organism.
Umm… those experiments happened, but the armadillos had Leprosy before hand. The scientists discovered that about 5% (which is far from most) carry it naturally. At first they THOUGHT that they had screwed up and let some of their test animals into the wild only to re-catch them, but that wasn’t the case.
Oooh, the plot thickens.
Now that you mention it, I remember it, but it’s been so long since I’ve read about it, that’s all the info I had left. It’s like you updated my brain wiki.
Hold on here < bang > don’t move around too much < crash > or it might pull out again < hammering sounds > just need to get this < arcing noises > last wire screwed down…
There! Now you have constant streaming feed updates! 😛
As if I didn’t already have enough useless knowledge swimming around in there.
*laughs* You’ve been added. 🙂
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