Has this ever happened to you? Have you ever researched something on the internet and then, the first thing that you read seems as if it was written just for you? We saw an armadillo for the first time on our walk at Panola Mountain State Park and I took photos of it, getting fairly close. (At one time, the armadillo was restricted to South Georgia but it is now in the Metro Atlanta area!) The animal was rooting amongst the leaves searching for bugs and grubs, not paying any attention to me. When I got home and typed in "armadillos in Georgia"...the first thing that popped up said, "Step Away From The Armadillo, Lady"! Oh dear! Basically, it stated that the animal can transmit LEPROSY to humans.
Gulp, look how close I had been to it!
Now, since that time, I have looked at several websites about this creature and I found some excellent information just here. This article states that only two humans have contracted leprosy from armadillos and that was from eating raw or undercooked armadillo.
Okay...I don't think I will eat one of them. Why, oh why, would someone even try? Of course, it is a good idea to respect nature and never get too close to wild animals. There, you have been warned!
Oh dear, this reminds me of a song, you knew it would.
Hope everyone is having a good week!
Hedgehogs are not anything like armadillos, but you never know what will make me think of a song.