This is Ping, a three-banded armadillo. Ping protects himself with the boney plates that make up his shell. Unlike other armadillo species, this guy can roll himself into a near-perfect sphere when threatened. Native to central South America, these armadillos cannot protect themselves from the threat of human encroachment and illegal poachers.
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