tiny and pink, the smallest member of the armadillo family is a sand swimmer. it uses its large front claws to loosen sand and then glides through as though it is water. is that incredibly romantic, or what? it’s also hell of efficient–fairy armadillos can completely bury themselves in seconds. this is their dominant defense, and they don’t roll up into balls like their larger cousins. also they look like little pink armoured bullets, and that is strangely cute.
but really. these guys top out just under five inches. don’t you just want to go for manicures with this little buddy?
these little sweethearts are endangered, due to cattle ranching encroaching on their natural habitat (they are from argentina). i would say that going vegetarian and thus never eating argentinean beef is a great way to save them, but then you guys might think i’m fanatical, so i’m not going to say it and then we can still be friends.