The pink fairy armadillo, much like the duck-billed platypus or naked mole rat, seems like a trick played on us by Mother Nature. It may look like a fantasy, but this rosy-hued little weirdo with a pink shell is the real deal; however, it is seen so rarely that it might as well be the stuff of legend.
In its native Argentina, the pink fairy armadillo is called the Pichiciego, but even the locals don't see them often. In the desert, where temperatures can vary greatly, the pink fairy uses its shell to regulate its temperature, and not as a means of protection as one might think. The pink fairy's only real defense system is that it spends most of its time underground. Burrowing only a few inches beneath the earth's surface, the pink fairy digs tunnels, eats ants, and otherwise evades humans. This tiny creature is the smallest armadillo, measuring about five inches long, which means it could fit in your hand (not that you should ever expect to see one, let alone hold it).
The known facts about the pink fairy armadillo are just as interesting as its unique appearance; it may be rare and virtually unstudied, but the pink fairy armadillo still deserves some love.
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It Has Some Interesting Physical Characteristics (Other Than Being Pink, That Is)Video: YouTube