Pink Fairy Armadillo

the diminutive pink fairy armadillo, pictured here in captivity, is considered thretened in the wild.

the diminutive pink fairy armadillo, pictured here in captivity, is considered threatened in the wild.

The next member of our pink animal brigade is the pink fairy armadillo (Chlamyphorus truncatus), a diminutive member of genus Chlamyphorus native to South America.  At about 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 inches long (excluding the tail), the pink fairy armadillo is the smallest of the armadillo family.

It is not difficult, therefore, to see how the pink fairy armadillo earned its name: it is tiny (as are fairies), and yes, pink. But where do they get these names? A baby pink fairy armadillo is called a ‘pup,’ (okay)  the females are called ‘zeds’ and males ‘listers’ (eh?); and  a group of pink fairy armadillos is called a ‘fez’. Yes, a “fez.” Like one of these things:

fes

… proving that scientists are sometimes stranger than the animals they study.

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