New armadillo joins Sussex Zoo in hopes of welcoming pups


A NEW armadillo has arrived at a zoo in hopes of welcoming new offspring.

Two experienced keepers from Drusillas Zoo, near Alfriston, embarked on a 766 mile road trip to collect Northumberland Zoo’s new male six-banded armadillo, named Tank because it is much larger than the resident females Patsy and Eddie.

The first meeting went brilliantly, the trio sniffing and scooting happily through the enclosure together and even sharing food from a bowl.

The park hopes the trio will eventually become a breeding group in hopes of welcoming the zoo’s very first armadillo pups.

Zoo keeper Amelia Jones said: “It’s always a hesitant time to introduce each other to new animals, but our girls are so confident that it hasn’t stopped them from having a new boyfriend at all and we’ve definitely seen some flirting. So I guess they don’t mind at all.

“We’ve gotten so used to Patsy and Eddie, who are still quite young ladies, I was quite surprised at how much taller he looked when I picked up the new male.

“Some of the team started jokingly calling him The Tank and it sticks.

“He’s a real sweetheart, though, and seems a little quieter than our two boisterous girls, so I think he’ll be a good influence on them.”

Six-banded armadillos are found in the wild across much of South America, in grasslands, rainforests, and plantations.

Unlike some other armadillos, the six-banded cannot curl up into a ball and are most active during the day.

Drusillas has never had a breeding group of armadillos, so the team is excited at the prospect of a new species being born at the zoo.

Tank, Patsy and Eddie will participate in close encounters with zoo visitors that will include a 30- to 40-minute feeding session with an experienced zoo keeper. New armadillo joins Sussex Zoo in hopes of welcoming pups

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