Friday, April 13, 2007

Critters

It was a dark and stormy night. (Tonight, in fact). Jay and I are sitting at the dining room table working on our projects for the evening, he finishing the taxes and I archiving photographs.

Our quiet concentration is interrupted as we hear a scratching sound at the window. We both turn slowly toward the window with puzzled expressions but see nothing. A few minutes later the scratching turns into a clawing and tapping. We slowly get up from the table, ignoring every scary movie we've ever seen, to investigate. As we move from the dining room window to the front door we discover the source of the ominous sounds:
THERE'S A FREAKING ARMADILLO ON OUR FRONT PORCH!

Despite various attempts to get it to "roll up in a ball," he completely ignored us, eventually deciding to drop off the side of the porch and into the darkness.

16 comments:

martha said...

I want one of these too!

Mary Beth said...

How did I know?

cv said...

LOL

Some dillos are carriers of the bacterium that causes Hansen's Disease (aka Leprosy), so be careful. Mostly Texan Dillos. Florida Dillos don't

Just know your critters.

They are fascinating creatures. They only ever have identical quadruplet babies!

Sarah said...

That is so cool! I love living in Britain because it is so safe - despite a spate of stabbings and shootings recently - there are no dangerous animals.

But I would like to see an armadillo.

Kat E said...

First friends with goats, now an armadillo!! I am absolutely green with envy. And to think I got excited about wild turkeys...

Jenny said...

When we were small children, we learned a series of facts about armadillos from the Cheerios box. the thief even made a tune for the facts, and we still know *all* of them. ("Adults love mud baths, eat insects, weigh 15 pounds and walk on the bottom to cross streams.")

Ruth said...

Wow! And what an amazing photo!

(By the way, was it you who asked me a while back to describe a wood lice? I think it was you.... Well, a woodlice looks rather like a tiny version of your dillo!!)

Jennifer said...

Bizarre! I didn't know there were armadillos in TN! That would have freaked me out, for sure. Great photo though.

Amy said...

My mom lives in Cordova (suburb of Memphis for those of you not from the south...) and about a month or so ago, she had an armadillo CHASE HER! Ok, really, the dog was chasing it along her back privacy fence, but it just so happened that Mom was in its path so she took it to mean that it chased her. She said she screamed all the way into the house, where my step-dad sat blissfully unaware that she was in harm's way

btw, i haven't met you, but this is KelBel's friend :-)

TLS said...

Ask Josh about his "meditation on an aramdillo" They are quite quirky creatures.

Mary Beth said...

CV--Thanks for the info! We were definitely interested in keeping a safe distance and letting him do whatever he was on our porch to do. I would've loved to have seen him climb the stairs, though.

Sarah--We have a pretty decent menagerie here: deer, turtles, turkeys, raccoons, lizards, and snakes. But I would've never guessed that we'd have an armadillo around.

Ritz--I think wild turkeys are exciting! Jay and I still point them out when we pass a field full of them.

Jenny--I would give anything to be a fly on the wall in your house when you were growing up.

Ruth--How tiny? Because there's no way I would've invited that fellow in.

Jennifer---As Laura said, "He must've taken a right when he meant to take a left." Although my dad said he's seen them in TN before (usually dead in the middle of the road)

Hi Amy--I would've freaked out, too.

TLS--Send Josh on over with his meditation. I'm dying to know. And Happy Birthday!

martha said...

How many armadillos does it take to change a lightbulb?

Mary Beth said...

I don't know, Martha. How many?

martha said...

As many as you can get...one to change the lightbulb and the rest to watch for traffic!

Mercedes said...

I have to say this made me laugh out loud -- I cannot imagine opening up my front door and having a random armadillo sitting there! We have pretty green and blue geckos everywhere and even some copperheads, but, no armadillos! If you find large, armadillo-sized holes in your yard, they were probably dug by the armadillo. I went to Disney World with the Girl Scouts and we camped out and had armadillos dig holes all around our tent during the night.

gavin richardson said...

how cool, my dogs would have been very confused by this animal