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Roving Armadillos Are Heading for the East Coast


This just in to add to your terrifying end-times-esque tales of animal takeover (see also: Crabs in Antarctica! Mountain lions in Connecticut! Ladybugs on Long Island!). Thanks to climate change, so say the scientists, the ole armadillo, ‘dillo for short, is moving on from his Texas home, where he arrived in the 1880s, to seek out more scintillating eastern territories (he has already appeared in southern Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, and Missouri). Next stop: Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia, and possibly even New Jersey. Can New York City be far off, then?

The armadillo surge/siege can be partially blamed on a lack of natural predators for the mammal (would you want to eat him?) along with the whole global warming trend thingamajig. So, if you have a backyard, you should not consider an armadillo in it an impossibility. It’s out of your hands, now. Raccoons are so last season.

“Basically all we can do is … sit back and measure the change as it happens,” the University of Michigan’s Philip Myers told the Daily Climate, “whether we like it or not.”

Be wary, ye with armadillo handbags.

Roving armadillos could be heading for the Washington area, biologists say [WP]

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