E.politics world headquarters has taken up residence in its hometown of Palestine, Texas for the past week or two, and today got a real treat: playing with baby armadillos. Well, adolescents probably, since they’re big enough to come out of the burrow on their own (they sassed me, too — clearly teenagers). My parents have a big backyard with a creek nearby, and a family of the little South American immigrants has set up shop in the hole left by a decaying tree stump near the driveway. The adults only seem to come out after dark, but the four young ‘uns are risk-takers and braved the post-thunderstorm damp and gloom this morning to look for tasty bugs.
They let me get close enough to hang out for a bit while they dug around in the grass, and a couple even sniffed at my pants leg (no doubt to see if I’m edible). We’ll eventually have to drive them out, since they’re tearing up the yard pretty bad, but in the meantime, they’re damn cute. I’m gonna bring ’em on payroll as consultants; the rest of the e.politics staff had better step up or they may need to find themselves new jobs.