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.
The armadillo has poor eyesight, but a keen sense of smell. In spite of its cumbersome appearance, the agile armadillo can run well when in danger.
It is a good swimmer and is also able to walk across the bottom of small streams.
Armadillos live in temperate and warm habitats, including rain forests, grasslands, and semi-deserts. Because of their low metabolic rate and lack of fat stores, cold is their enemy, and spates of intemperate weather can wipe out whole populations.