I do not believe in fairies
At the bottom of my garden
Flitting and floating on the breeze.
Ethereal as butterflies
Sipping nectar, casting spells.
Shy, elegant and feminine
But the real fairies that I know.
Have heavy bony armour shells
And feast upon the ants and snails.
I’ll have no more with fairy tales!
Pink Fairy Armadillos
Live close within their desert burrows.
Protected by their carapace,
Living within this sordid space,
With unforgiving sand for pillows,
What did transform them to this state
Consigned them to a dreadful fate?
The details would take far too long.
Suffice to say a fairy spell went wrong!
The Pink Fairy Armadillo is found in central Argentina where it inhabits dry grasslands and sandy plains with thorn bushes and cacti. It has the ability to bury itself completely in a matter of seconds if frightened. It feeds on worms, snails, insects and larvae, or various plant and root material.