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Sunday 30th June 2013

Marian the Armadillo

1. Did you know that despite popular belief, only one of the twenty varieties of Armadillo can roll themselves up into a ball to escape predators?

2. The 9 banded Armadillo always gives birth to four identical young and they’re the only mammal known to do that. They all develop from the same egg and share the same placenta.

3. Armadillo’s can hold their breath for 4-6 minutes and allows them to walk along the bottom of streams and ponds. Their ability to cross streams and rivers also means that they’ve been able to expand their home range.

4. According to some records on Wednesday 31st July 1728, His Majesty George II, King of England, was presented with an armadillo as a gift. The “Indian monster” was kept happy by supplying it with hard boiled eggs.

Thank you to Armadillo online for those facts, you can visit their site for much more information about Marian’s species here: http://armadillo-online.org/index.html

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