What was once a mammal that lived exclusively in the south, the armadillo has now been spotted in the Riverbend. The confirmed sighting was made by an educator at the Nature Institute as she was driving along a major highway last week. Patti Brown with Godfrey's The Nature Institute says she didn't believe her eyes at first.
The armadillo is a fairly timid creature, according to Brown, but it has very sharp claws and teeth. Those are usually used for digging and burrowing in moist soil near the creeks, and streams around which it lives and feeds.