This is Why You Should Never Trust an Armadillo

Okay, yes, so this study was published in 2011, but time is obsolete, am I right? Especially when it comes to information as important as this.

Listen closely.

Remember leprosy? Remember that horrible skin disease of our nightmares? Thank God it doesn’t exist anymore, right? JOKE’S ON YOU, because it DOES.

Call it leprosy if you want to, but the politically correct name is Hanson’s Disease.

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Source: www.giphy.com

Over 250,000 cases are still found in the world today—hundreds of them in the United States alone.

Per common knowledge, leprosy can only be passed from human to human. But, according to a recent study, there may be another culprit on the loose–a four-legged culprit.

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This little guy! Source: www.giphy.com

That’s right–armadillos. Pesky, little, adorable, hard-shelled devils. Thanks to genetics, we now have permission to demonize wildlife!

Dream come true, right?

Aw, poor little thing. Look at that face! Source: www.flickr.com

On a more serious note, this is a great achievement in the medical world, because the more we know about how diseases are transmitted, the better the prevention.

While the risk of getting leprosy from an armadillo is super low, it doesn’t hurt to be AWARE.

When it comes to rare diseases, awareness is the best place to start. So, yeah, laugh all you want, but don’t come crying to us when you come back from visiting family in Texas with odd sores on your arms.

During my research, I found a fact sheet on armadillos, graciously provided by National Geographic.

Did you know that armadillos are omnivores, meaning they eat both meat AND veggies? As for life span, they typically live between 12 and 15 years. Not very long if you ask me—which makes me wonder: How do armadillo years compare to human years? Is it 1:7 like dog years?

I bet you didn’t know armadillos are extremely religious. The majority of them apparently subscribe to Buddhism… Who woulda thunk?

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I imagine Conan saying,”Tell us your secrets.” Source: www.giphy.com

What’s the lesson learned here? If an armadillo approaches you to talk about his religion, don’t, because he may just want to give you leprosy… eh hem, sorry, Hansen’s disease.


Lady Kehveen Abernathy

Lady Kehveen Abernathy

Lady Kehveen Abernathy, of noble birth (or so she’d like to believe), is what many would call a youthful “old soul.” As a self-proclaimed “caregiver to the world,” impassioned about life, triumph, and all things beauty, Lady Kehveen strives to love others, seek understanding, and most importantly, spread awareness. But don’t let her sweet demeanor deceive you. Dressed to the nines over corset and petticoat, she’s made it her mission to defend the innocent and fight all things evil on this Earth. And being no stranger to chronic disease, she knows exactly where to start.

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