Have You Ever Seen the Adorable Pink Fairy Armadillo? No? It’s… Amazing.

Have You Ever Seen the Adorable Pink Fairy Armadillo? No? It’s… Amazing.
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Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters. If you’re in the market for a new Pride Month mascot, look no further. When the Smithsonian tweeted a photo of the pink fairy armadillo this week, I did a double-take. What a beautiful, strange thing! At only six inches, it is the world’s smallest known armadillo; that pink-hued shell is colored by blood-vessels that help the armadillo regulate its body temperature. It’s also very, very shy, according to this WIRED profile . Not much is known about this nocturnal and subterranean creature that burrows under the dry Argentinian grasslands with “huge claws and busy little tractor bum.” Humans rarely get a glimpse. What limited scholarship exists paints a worrying picture of a creature highly susceptible to minute environmental changes (it’s very hard to keep in captivity), and it may be under threat from farming and invasive species . The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service lists it as endangered. Thanks to the Smithsonian, our hard-shelled fairy friend, a sort of real-life Pokémon , is getting a well-deserved boomlet of attention: You know an animal […]

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