Armadillo spotted at Reitz Friday morning

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – An unexpected visitor gave students and faculty at an area school quite the surprise during a gym class.

Students and faculty at Reitz High School got quite the surprise when an unexpected four-legged visitor joined in on one of their gym classes.

A nine-banded armadillo was spotted jumping and running around the football field, before leading faculty on a wild chase up the Reitz steps.

After cornering the animal on the top of the steps, faculty called animal control so they animal could be safely relocated.

Animal control experts say armadillos are not usually aggressive.

They say nine-banded Armadillos feed on small insects by digging burrows in the dirt and if they do feel threatened, they will curl up in a ball and simply wait for their predator to leave them alone.

While they’re not commonly found in the Tri-State, experts say it might not be the last time one is spotted.

“Armadillos – you typically find in more arid environments. So, Texas, the south, the southwest. With things like climate change and human development, they might be getting pushed out of their natural environment because they are not native to Indiana.”

Byers says it isn’t unusual to spot Armadillos roaming around subdivisions in the south and says if another one is spotted here in the Tri-State to call Animal Control so they can safely remove the creature.

A Twitter account has been set up for the Armadillo.

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(This story was originally published on August 30, 2019)

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