Saturday, March 10, 2012

Dead 'Dillo

A month or so ago, after we had gotten some good rains, the dogs came back muddy and soaking wet (which means they were varmint hunting in the creek).  Baron proudly carried back the loot from their successful foray.

If you're the squeamish type, you might want to stop here.



This fellow is (was) a nine-banded armadillo, the only type found in the United States. Most folks just see them squashed as roadkill. I had the pleasure of getting up close and personal with him as canine kill. Well, at least until Baron decided I'd have enough camera time and tried to go hide with his prize.

I didn't want the dogs to have any further exposure to the armadillo since they are known to carry the bacteria that causes leprosy. I played 'alpha dog' with Baron to claim the bounty, used a towel to handle the carcass, then flung the dead weight 'dillo into the pond for the fish and turtles to devour.
Taken with my cell phone.
 Baron was not pleased, and did his best efforts to retrieve the body.  Lucky for me, the heavy varmint sank.
Yes, this was before I removed the orange barricade fencing.
Linking to Camera Critters

130 comments:

Giga said...

Tak to jest, taka psa natura i nic na to nie poradzimy, chociaż żal czasami. Pozdrawiam. *** Yes it is, this dog's life and I can not help it, though sometimes regret. Yours.

rainfield61 said...

Human has spoiled the mood of a dog.

What can a dog do?

eileeninmd said...

I feel sorry for the dillo, I never seen one in the "wild" . I am glad you were able to get rid of the varmint just in case it carried bacteria. Poor Baron wanted to keep his prize. Your pond is looking great. Have a wonderful weekend!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Interesting. I had no idea that the leprosy virus was still around these days.

Jill said...

I had no idea leprosy as still around. Pretty scary. You are one tough alpha dog. :)

MarmePurl said...

My beagle used to bring me all kinds of critters he caught. He'd bring them to the porch, bark for me to open the door and sit there next to his capture wagging his tail waiting for applause. Many thanks for stirring the(happy?)memory.

Wanda..plain~N~simple said...

They are definitly one ugly critter!
I have saw (dead in the road) a few here in Tennessee, along interstate 24.

I read a news piece not long ago about how they carry the leprosy virus, warning people to leave them alone. I don't blame you for taking it away from Baron, but maybe you should have used gloves to pick it up with!!

Val said...

Way to go Alpha Dog, spoiling the party for poor Baron!! I can so relate to the situation, life with DOGS!!
Thanks for the info about leprosy, learned something new. Have a happy weekend!!

thesedaysofmine.com said...

Well, it wouldn't be nice to comment with the word that came to mind: yuk.
Things sure are interesting around your place! I've never seen an armadillo alive or dead (other than pics of course)!

georgettesullins said...

Oh no! Thank goodness you disposed of it. I'll be posting about an armadillo of a different sort next Thursday.

Buttons said...

Wow I have never seen an armidillo obvious I cant spell it either:) I had no idea they can carry leprosy that is scary.
Orange fence LOL. B

Carole M. said...

oh dear, do you get to see the armadillo wandering around there often? Perhaps not, if you see them, the dogs would do long before perhaps. I don't know much about them at all. I'm sure Baron was quite put out you doing that on him too.

Gail said...

What a fantastic dog!!! We have a AKT...armadillo killing team. They launch, flip it and go for the underbelly...unless of course it didn't dig in faster than they could catch it. They have a second method for this problem.

It works good for us.

Have a good day.

Eyeliquor said...

Wow!
Thank you for sharing!

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

That is definitely not something we see around here.

Deb said...

yucky.....oh I loved the glimpse of the orange fence....I bet Barron was not too thrilled with you...

Judy said...

I've only seen them dead on the side of the road down there. I kept my eye out for one but never did find one, are they like racoons and only roam at night?

Debbie said...

at a loss for words.....and that NEVER happens!!

you are one tuff cookie!!

edenhills said...

Some impressive varmint killing skills. I didn't realize they carried such nasty bacteria with them. Guess I don't have to worry about it here. :-)

Candy C. said...

So much for armadillo armour! I think this is the best "look" I have ever gotten of an armadillo. Good to know about the leprosy virus.

DJan said...

I remember when I lived in Texas that they WERE all squashed by the side of the road. Never seen one otherwise. I didn't know about that bacteria... not pretty! Would Baron have eaten it, I wonder?

Comment1 said...

Ouch. Hilarious seeing Baron off chasing it in the pond, though!

Jo's World said...

I think I would need a HAZMAT suit to get close to one of these critters, you are one brave girl!

Baron will get over it though, after maybe a year or two!

Cheers,

Jo, Stella and Zkhat

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

The leprosy thing was interesting on it's own but I am also fascinated by the fact that the dogs were able to overcome the armadillo's natural defense mechanism...that being the hard outer shell covering. Isn't that what it is suppose to do? I thought the soft underbelly was it's only weak point. Happy to know the turtles made it through the drought.

troutbirder said...

Yikes. I'd never seen on of thos before. Leprosy? My Baron's favorite and my unfavorite is when he gets in scrapes with skunks (the worst) and racoons (that can get ugle). Nature in the raw... :)

Sandra said...

i thought they were so hard shelled a dog could not kill one, guess this proves me wrong. i love the first shot of baron diving for his dinner that mommy tossed away. the phone took a way cool shot. love the colors. LEPROSY???? yikes

Sandra said...

PS glad it was not a SKUNK

Martie said...

Interesting creatures.

bailey-road.com said...

Spoilsport!

Jan n Jer said...

LOL...you never know what the dogs will drag home!

Nancy Claeys said...

Gifts from the kids are sometimes rather gross. :)

trav4adventures said...

Aw, yes...our dogs and their "prizes"...my black lab caught and devoured a bird right in front of me one time and then wanted a kiss! EWWWWwwww!!!! I think not!

Nancy said...

Just like in the pack, alpha dogs get to determine what happens with the prize...In this case, you probably did Baron a great favor.....

Gone Country said...

Ewww!

Way to go Alpha Dog! I'd love to have seen that confrontation, hahaha!

Melodie said...

At least they brought it to you instead of hiding it in the weeds some where to "ripen" so they could roll in it later!

Melodie said...

I think I read...everyone can not catch leprosy..you have to have a genetic predisposition to catch it...I wouldn't want to put it to the test to see if I could catch it though!Yikes!

Sylvia K said...

When I see pics like this, I'm glad Sam Schnauzer is a little guy! He wouldn't know what to do if he saw one -- well, besides turn tail and run! Love seeing Baron poking his head under the water! I bet you got some dirty looks that day!!! Enjoy your weekend!

Sylvia

Donna said...

Whoa, they sure are funny looking creatures!

Sandy said...

That is one determined dog you have there. Glad that he did not find it again. (o:

Birdman said...

If I was Baron, I'd say "Go to your room!"

Pix at Under the Oaks said...

Ick Tex! Just ICK. I thought the whole leprosy thing was found to be unfounded? Must google.

The Nature Jotter said...

your dog is amazing!

Lynne said...

Baron knows how to pick them . . . not a pretty animal at all are they?

Great pictures . . . thanks for Baron in bringing it up close for you to shoot some pics.

The subject of leprosy came up on Letterman a few weeks ago when Jack Hanna brought an Armadillo to the show. Letterman wouldn't have anything to do with the 'dillo, or even shake hands with Hanna!

heyBJK said...

haha! Leave it up to dogs to find the good stuff! At least they brought it back so you could dispose of it rather than munching on it out of sight. Turtles gotta eat, too!

Kerry said...

Leprosy? Wow, I wonder how else it gets carried around. How weird is that.

Good thing your dogs don't dive! (Eddy the water dog does, unfortunately)

Liz said...

Great shots! I am surprised Baron got through the armour.

Montanagirl said...

So glad you have water in your pond! I guess it's better for Baron to not keep his prize!

Tricia @ Bluff Area Daily said...

but do ya'll fish outa that pond? do you eat the fish? I'm guessin ya don't! those things are so nasty & I didn't know they carried that disease, either... learn something new everyday, huh?! =)

islandwonder said...

Those dogs have the best life.

Dianne said...

I can just imagine how Baron did not appreciate his prize being drowned

my brother's cat used to bring me all her kills when we visited them in the country, just me - no one else
I was told it was a compliment :)

SweetMarie said...

Good move Alpha dog! I usually see those critters alive wondering in yards at night. Never have seen one in my yard.
Happy Saturday!

Carletta said...

Those little dillos are so prehistoric looking.
I'm so glad you took it from him and that it sank! :)

Pricilla said...

Poor armadillo.

Karen said...

Did they actually KILL the armadillo? I didn't know dogs would do that! Then again, we don't have them around here. Very cool find, um, not the dead part tho.

Janice@GypsyFarmGirl said...

This reminds me of the time my dad killed an armadillo on our back porch and threw it in the back of the truck so the dogs wouldn't get it. He was going to dispose of it the next day, but we had friends come over and saw the dead armadillo and ask what in the world...my dad was known for making great chili and was planning a big cookout the next week...He replied just gathering up some meat for chili...from then on his chili was known as "armadillo chili", even though it was all beef!

Kay L. Davies said...

Too bad about the armadillo, and too bad about Baron's prize, as well. He was just acting according to his instincts, and the armadillo just happened to be there as prey.
K

Κωστής Τζαγκαράκης said...

Some adventure...!!!!

Costas

ladyfi said...

Poor armadillo....

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

You are a good pack leader :-)

I didn't realize they had those nasty looking claws.

Marie said...

Leprosy, really! Wow, I had no idea! I saw two coyotes once attacking an armadillo who would flip completely over in the air to get away. It was pretty fascinating!

Michaele said...

Oh you are soooo in the dog house now.

barbara l. hale said...

Sorry for the armadillo but dogs will do what they were meant to do. That's life. Glad you got the dude sunk before the dog had a chance to dismantle it further.

Madge Bloom said...

Interesting creatures... I didn't know they carried Leprosy... glad you cast it into the 'sea!'

i beati said...

doing by nature what dogs do

Mariette said...

Dearest Theresa,

Can we borrow Baron?! It is a nuisance here in our garden and of course our seven felines will not be able to handle them. As for them being the vector of leprosy, it taught me a lesson when I tried to lift up one of the babies for a good closeup last year... Will never do that again!
Guess they multiply beyond control as there are few Barons around, no predators for them really.
Love to you,

Mariette

~from my front porch in the mountains~ said...

I love being the Alpha dog :) Armadillos are kinda creepy in my book. Baron is my kind of pup! Keeping the ranch safe from creepy varmints!
xo, misha

Ginger said...

Thanks for the up close and personal look at the 'dillo...very interesting critter.

Filip Demuinck said...

How cruel, but that live I assume. I had never seen such an animal.

Greetings,
Filip

Mama Zen said...

What a good dog!

pattisjarrett said...

Baron thought you were playing fetch with his prize! lol

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Wow. I've never seen an armadillo dead or alive. Only pictures of live ones. Now I can say I've seen a picture of a dead one.

Robin said...

T, interesting catch. Are they common around where you are? Are they considered vermin?

Becky said...

Well dogs will be dogs, and you never know what they might bring home. Good thing you got it away from Barron. We just have troubles with raccoons here, and they can be quite nasty with a dog.

Rose said...

also lucky you had a pond to throw it in!!!

Andrew said...

Are the 'dillos common to see? It's a lovely little creature I would love to see... did't know of the dangers.

Baron in the pond was wonderful to see.

latebloomerbuds said...

I smiled when I saw Baron in the water! And, your comment about it sinking cracked me up. Margie

Tammy said...

I bet he wasn't too happy with you tossing his find into the lake! We have a lot of Armadillos here, but my dog just enjoys chasing them along with the possums. Our vet vaccinates for leptospirosis, not sure if that is common or not.

rkbsnana said...

Well, thank you Baron. Once less armadillo to make it's way to Arkansas.

bj said...

How smart you are, TWG. I had no idea the dillo carried that kind of germs.
I guess you have to be street-wise...errrr, animal-wise to run a ranch.
Me....I don't know straight up from down about anything having to do with animals, especially wild animals...:))

Oh, and you didn't say a thing about me eating ice cream for breakfast so I am taking it you do too, .....sometimes....well, bet never.:)

EG CameraGirl said...

I bet the dogs were very proud of their catch. I didn't know armadillos could carry Hansen's disease. Hmmm.

Lisa@ButteryBooks said...

Unfortunately I didn't really get to your pictures...I am definitely of the squeamish variety. Thanks for the warning!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Oh my gosh, this is amazing. Not that it's dead, but such a great booty for your pooch. I've seen 'em while driving...some not so dead, just sauntering along the highway's shoulder and in S Western zoos.

This was a great post.

Bob Bushell said...

I'm rather sad, for the Armadillo. I am very hurt by that dog, Baron, to kill anything. But, he is a dog, so he can kill sometimes. Unlike the cats.

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

LOL! So glad you got the varmit away from them and they couldn't find it in the pond. When you stop over at my blog the next time, scroll down to the bottom and hot link to armadillo. That was an exloration of my darker side. :) Have a good weekend.

FOREST SNAPPER said...

THE DOG LOVES TO HAVE FUN, GREAT PHOTO STORY

Linda said...

Baron must have some powerful jaws. It's good that he recognizes you as the alpha dog in the family.

wayside wanderer said...

Such strange looking creatures, those 'dillos! The creativity of our Maker astounds me.

Paula said...

we see where they have been digging but hardly ever see one except as road kill. Their digging is different from the wild hogs.

Ellie said...

I've never seen an armadillo before, so that's what they look like!!!
My goodness I didn't realise the leprosy virus could be carried that way - well done for disposing of it.
Did Baron go in a huff with you?

Kovács Miklós said...

I've never seen armadillo in wild. Only in the ZOO. It's quite interesting animal for me. Have a great weekend!
Greetings

Rita said...

I thought those things were almost impervious to attack. It might have been dead when they found it. Dogs love to play with and toss about dead stuff. So funny Baron trying to find the body in the pond!

Oh, and I'm glad you're alpha dog! ;) I am alpha cat over here, too.

Angela said...

I've never seen a dillo. They aren't down in my neck of the woods! lol I'm glad they aren't. How often do they get one? They look like they'd be easy prey for the pups to get at too!

Rohrerbot said...

Ugh...nasty:) I put my coffee down before scrolling any further. And then scrolled. That is a cool looking animal. But the dog's face says it all:) A lot of us, including myself, always like to put the "pretty" shots up, but/and I need to do better with that....not all posts are pretty....some are just plain ol' interesting. The words seem strange to say but I like the honesty of these pics and post. A while back I had a shot of an Ocelot eating something and I thought, "Should I?" and then said, what the heck, yes, it's going in there:) I can only imagine some of the things you find around the pond during certain times of the year. Do you have problems with mosquitos during the summer? Me:)

Becca said...

OK, I'm not squeamish...I work in surgery. But, I see some pretty interesting things on your blog since I'm a city girl n all! LOL I feel kind of sorry for the ol' armadillo. :-( I didn't know about them carrying leprosy either..wow. Thanks for the interesting post!

Janie said...

No squeamish here...
What a great opportunity to see a Dillo up close, or for the time Baron let you do that!
Dogs are like children, they have a hard time sharing sometimes.
Country life presents a whole other world for you.

Mike said...

Speed bump!

Mom of M&Ms said...

ANd I quote Bones and Booth here...
"darn! She chucked it in the pond? We could have done a necrospy on that bad boy!"

SquirrelQueen said...

Interesting creature, I have never seen one in the wild. I learned something new today about the leprosy virus, I didn't know any animal carried it.

JDS said...

Those are good photos, no matter their grisly nature! Once when I was backpacking, I heard a loud, sudden sound of crashing brush at the bottom of the hill where I was camping - and the next morning there was a "dead 'dillo" down there with two puncture wounds and blood splattered on his side. I assume a coyote got him but didn't like the taste.

parker said...

Possum on the half shell! Baron knows whats good!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

A burial at 'sea' is what I would have done too... :-)

Tracy said...

Tex, I will never forget when I moved to Fl. from Ohio and saw my first armadillo...I was aghast! It just intrigued me!

Genie said...

Leprosy...that is really unusual. Rabies...other diseases, but Leprosy is unbelievable. Glad you were able to get him away and give a “proper” burial at “sea.” Your dogs are fab hunters. Our 10 year old schnauzer is afraid of his shadow and runs from other animals. Now, Trouble, Bud’s cat, has already presented us with two mice. Thank goodness he does not eat them. Loved the series . genie

Randy said...

Not a good after dinner post.

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi TexWisGirl, Unfortunately for the Armadillos, they do love the highways and ditches. Many Armadillos end up flattened. I have seen several living wild Armadillos. They are slow and plodding but kinda cute. Have an interesting and nice Sunday tomorrow!

Chatty Crone said...

Well, I have to say this - you learn something new every day! HAHA
sandie

Nancy said...

You are a true wilderness woman. You would have made a great pioneer. Good post.

chubskulit said...

Captured beautifully!

My Critter Post, have a blessed weekend.

Annette said...

We don't have dillo's around here so it was interesting to see one up close and personal. Poor Baron looks so sad looking for his prize in the pond.

Angad Achappa said...

Oh no..the poor armadillo... :(

Phil said...

What a shame to find the armadillo dead rather than spot it in the wild. Well I learnt soemthing today - that their are armadillos in the US - definitely none in the UK.

Sivinden said...

Poor thing - the armadillo:(
- but interesting reading and great shots.

Elaine said...

Aw, mama, you took away Baron's treasure that he brought back special for you to admire. Watch him closely if he dons scuba gear....

CameraCruise said...

Great shots!
I'm glad we don't have armadillos here. So scary they carry leprosy.

Fireblossom said...

Big meanie. You stole Baron's armored diller!

Susan said...

Ewwwwww, that is one interesting looking creature. I have only seen them in pictures. So, it Baron giving you the snub now?

Country Mouse Studio said...

I had no idea they carried the virus nor did I think a dog could break through their armor.

A Quiet Corner said...

Ah! Nothing like armadillo soup (get it in all that water!!!!)...:)JP

Tammy said...

They are interesting looking creatures. I've seen a few live ones, but only at night and usually in the headlights. (when we lived in Fla)

Roan said...

I've never seen a live one, but have seen many a roadkill over the years. There was one found dead on the road about 10 miles north of here, central Illinois. It was so odd, it made the paper. I think he must have caught a ride on a truck or something. Unless a human transported him. It was strange, though.

euthymic said...

Wow, good thing you were able to save Baron from disease. Hope he understands why you did it...mom did the same thing when Ashley got a rabbit.

Mocha Barney, Ashley Pumpernickel and Winniechurchill

laurak@forestwalkart said...

OOOooooooh!! nice find Baron! ha. a dog after my heart.


poor armadillo...

HEY!! at least the pond has enough WATER in it now, eh!! (maybe if it dries out again, and you spot the skull...you can save it for me!! haha. just kidding you know!) :)

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

We visited Texas 5 times before we ever saw a live one. They're kinda' cute in a weird way. I didn't know about the leprosy thing they carried -- good thing I didn't pick one up ;>)

Lisa RedWillow said...

OMG that poor little thing but then the dog is just doing what is natural .Wonderful captures of him in action and I love the color of your photos.

Susan said...

Fascinating to see the 'Dillo up close like that! Also to learn some facts about them.

Furry Bottoms said...

He probably thought you were playing that turtle game with him! Where he brings out a turtle, you throw it back in the pond, he brings it back to you, etc etc etc.

Furry Bottoms said...

and truthfully, after seeing the bloody parts of the armadillo, it brought to mind the movie Steel Magnolias. The groom's cake was an armadillo with red velvet cake, funny!

Hilary said...

Oh boy.. you'd think with all that armor, they'd be safer. Poor little guy but such is the nature of creatures.

LB @ Bullets And Biscuits said...

bwahahahah...I swear I thought the title of this post said Dead Dildo....wth is wrong with me? I can't even go back and read it, i am laughing so hard

MICKAN from QUEENS FIELD¸.•°`♥✿⊱╮ said...

He knows what he want to do. A little bit petty for the dillo.
And he is a beautiful and a big dog:)

I am lucky with my dogs, they haven't take any animal yet.
Well, our rabbit is someone that they like to carry from one room to another.

I hope i can see some deer and their calf today.

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