For over a year the only armadillos in Florida I’ve seen have been squashed flat on the road. I know that they are around because they leave holes in our ‘yard’ (that’s back garden in UK speak) where they regularly root around overnight.
Then last week, our neighbour across the way, ‘Stoner Santa’ (his real name is Jim, but we call him Stoner Santa because he’s an aging hippy with white hair, big beard and a pot belly) caught an armadillo in a bucket. He told me that he was going to release it into the wild but showed me it first. They are funny little creatures. I was disappointed afterwards that I’d not had the opportunity to take a photo, as I didn’t have my camera or even my cell phone (that’s a ‘mobile’ in the UK) with me.
But as luck would have it, this weekend my wife and I came across four young armadillos rooting around just a few feet from us in some local woods. I was able to take both photos and (woohoo!) some video footage (see below).
The armadillos weren’t my only wildlife first either. The hot Summer sun seems to bring all the ‘critters’ (UK = animals) out into the open and a couple of days ago I had to take a detour to avoid a rattlesnake in the road. They are fatter than your average snake and have a more dangerous bite. It was just around the corner from our place. I wanted to go back and take a snap (I had my camera with me this time) but a redneck family in a truck got there first and were poking the snake around. I decided to continue on my way.
Away from wildlife, I have been continuing with my tennis. The team I play for are close to winning our local league – we just needed to win 3 out of our final 5 matches. 2 of the matches were played on Monday.
One of them was our team captain, Scott, playing singles.
The other was Erik and Clay playing doubles.
Unfortunately, we lost both matches(!)
That means that we now need to win all 3 of our final matches on Saturday. Wish me luck, as I am playing doubles that day for the team!