Baby Armadillo the Size of a Tennis Ball
August 19, 2012
Look what just rolled into Busch Gardens Tampa - a tiny Three Banded Armadillo born to proud armadillo parents Zowie and Ollie. Born June 21, the baby was the size of a golf ball, now a month later he has grown to be the size of a tennis ball. When full grown adult Three Banded Armadillo’s are roughly the size of a softball. The youngster can be seen in Jambo Junction.
Below: Baby and mom, Zowie, enjoy some outdoor romping in the grass.
Some fun armadillo facts courtesy of Busch Gardens Tampa.
- The gestation period for a Three Banded Armadillo is just 120 days!
- The young will nurse for about 72 days before being weaned.
- Baby armadillos are born blind but quickly develop the ability to walk and close their shell.
- After 72 days baby armadillos are no longer dependent on mom and will go out on their own.