Stuffed Animals Details…
** Stuffed Armadillo
** Dark “Leather Looking” Fabric for the Head, Feet, Armored Shell, and Tail, Fur Underbelly
** Made by Gund
** 9 inch
Who says Mother Nature doesn’t adapt? The armadillo may be a mammalian throwback to the dinosaurs of old, what with his tank-like appearance, but how else is he supposed to protect himself? He sports that leathery, banded armor on his back, shoulders and hips, while his head and underbelly are soft fur. Unlike a turtle, he can’t pull into his armored shell, but he is fleet of foot, and can run very fast for short distances. With his long snout, he is perfectly adapted to eating ants and termites. Yum! Sounds like an episode of that old gross out reality show Fear Factor, doesn’t it? But he loves it.
Did you know that the ancient Aztecs referred to this peculiar critter as azotochtii? It basically translates to ‘turtle rabbit’. And with those long ears (which which the armadillo can hear approaching predators quite clearly) and that sturdy carapace to help keep him safe from harm (and the thorny bushes he runs into when chased), he definitely looks the part.
At 9 ½ inches long, Gund’s stuffed armadillo isn’t as big as the real thing, but he puts on a good show. With those lively black eyes, banded armor plating, long tapered ears and splayed feet with those sharp claws, he’s as life like as he can get without ‘being’ alive. And speaking of claws, if they can’t run, armadillos have been known to dig holes for themselves. Those claws are quite sharp, and adept at digging not only escape routes, but for the grubs and bugs that the armadillo finds so irresistible. Even if you don’t subsist on creepy crawlies, we can guarantee you that you’ll find this cute guy equally as irresistible.