The internet can’t handle it after discovering how armadillos walking, comparing the creature’s dashing gait to one wearing ‘high heels’.
Greensboro Science Center, an “aquarium, museum and zoo” in Greensboro, North Carolina, recently shared a clip from one of its residents, Rizzo, on their TikTok account.
“Clips from our armadillos that are guaranteed to boost your serotonin levels,” read the caption on the screen.
The clip showed Rizzo scurrying across the floor, but what surprised people is that she did it on her claws, with a gait that resembled someone wearing stilettos.
The Greensboro Science Center told: news week Rizzo is a screaming furry armadillo and a mother.
“Rizzo is 6 years old and is the mother of our other screaming furry armadillos, Malcolm and Harriet,” said a spokesperson for the science center. “Screeching hairy armadillos get their name because they are the hairiest genus of armadillos and true to their name, they emit a loud scream when threatened.”
“They are also excellent burrowers and are native to Central and South South America. Their shells are made of keratin, just like our hair and nails,” the spokesperson said.
The clip has racked up six million views since it was shared on Monday people went wild for Rizzo’s mold.
“Little tippy, tappys,” captioned the clip, as Mushrooms.And.Marigolds asked, “They walk on their nails?”
Louise titanium admitted: “I did not know Armadillos ran on the tips of their nails. Like high heels! So cute!”
“I had no idea that armadillos were just little ballerinas,” joked one user known as Emily.
AJ wrote: “She’s wearing heels y’all! Kill girl boss.”
Mia Desport said, “She’s got her high heels on.”
Julianuniverse99 commented, “They walk so boldly.”
Chelsea was delighted: “It’s like walking on the nails for me.”
While Danisha Carter asked, “They tiptoe?! lmao.”
“I’m so glad the video has had such a positive response!” the science center spokesperson told: News week.
Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Zoo also raved about Rizzo, with their official account commenting on Instagramwhere the video was also shared saying, “We love little tippy tappies.”
The Greensboro Science Center responded by confirming where visitors can find Rizzo if anyone wants to see her walk in person, saying, “They’re in our Discovery House. After you enter, look to the left along the wall with the chinchilla and guinea pigs!”
According to the Smithsonian Institution’s National Zoo web page, screaming furry armadillos use their claws for another unique purpose. “This species has also been observed to dig in an unusual way – instead of using their legs and claws to expose larvae and insects, screaming hairy armadillos will push their heads into the ground and then spin in a circle to create a cone-shaped hole,” the zoo says on its website.
The site said screaming hairy armadillos can live in captivity for about eight or nine years.
They are the smallest of the armadillo species, weighing an average of 2 pounds, and the males are usually larger than females.
The omnivores are found in parts of Argentina, Bolivia, and Paraguay, and as their name suggests, “If threatened, they will produce a loud squeaking noise.”