An armadillo infant was thirsty and overcame his fear of humans to accept water from a kind-hearted worker who agreed to share a cup with him. The lovely little child was spotted seeking frantically for water in a dry desert field in Mato Grosso, Brazil.
Cristiano Henrique de Souza, an agronomic from the State Institute of Agricultural Protection, hydrates the parched critter in the video below.
Cristiano came upon the animal while inspecting a soybean sanitary gap in the area and stopped to sip some water.
The armadillo was digging a hole near where Cristiano had spilled a few drips of water. According to G1, the tiny child ran when his highly developed sense of smell detected the priceless liquid.
When Cristiano saw the incident, he decided to provide him water on the lid of a thermos to drink. He decided to share with the armadillo and film the touching incident.
“He was attempting to lick the moisture in the dirt but was having little success. So I knelt down and placed the cup close, and to my astonishment, the small critter began sipping water directly from my cup.”
“I immediately felt sad for the baby. It hadn’t rained in days, and the dryness of the ground made it clear that the animal was dehydrated.”
The armadillo baby was so thirsty that he gulped two glasses of water in one minute.
“I refilled my drink and walked over to him, saying, ‘Hey little mate, you’re extremely thirsty.'”
Armadillos are considered to be solitary creatures that rely mostly on a diet of insects and larvae. They seldom interact with humans, but this time the armadillo baby overcame his fear of humans and decided to get assistance from Cristiano.
“The scenario seemed absurd because the area must be rich in natural creatures. But here I was, offering a drink to a thirsty animal.”
The small creature would raise his head and glance up as if to thank Cristiano, then lick his hand.
e armadillo’s behavior is “extremely rare,” according to Romildo Gonçalves, a biologist and lecturer at the Federal University of Mato Grosso.
“This is a wild animal that rarely interacts with people. His conduct is unusual because he has a tiny brain and lacks the intellect required to build connections like a domesticated animal.”
He believes the animal accepted the engineer’s assistance because it was sick or weak in some way. The essential thing is that Cristiano demonstrated his humanity by assisting this small child who needed him at the moment.