|Armadillo, Dasypus novemcinctus, Dragging Leaves into Den.|
At dawn while brewing my tea, I saw an armadillo crossing my back yard. It stopped when it got to some ground cover by a pine stump and began arching its back, jumping up slightly and moving backwards. My first thought was it got in a mound of fire ants. But this action continued all the way across the yard. Even in the low light, I finally figured that it was gathering and dragging leaves back to its den beneath my shed. I grabbed the camera and hurried out to get a shot just before it went under the building. I guess we will be having quadruplets soon, as armadillos have same sex litters of four. Raccoons can also have four; one of my favorite pictures is of a mother raccoon nursing 4 cubs.
|Raccoon, Procyon lotor, nurses quadruplets in hollow tree.|