Armadillo chasing, Brazil

Armadillo Chasing, Brazil © Su Neko

Known for the Dime Bar slogan, ‘Hard on the outside, soft on the inside,’ armadillos are Brazil’s tough little creatures with shells of steel. And the hardest thing about these armoured animals? Catching them.

Trundling through the Pantanal’s long grass your guide darts off. He is on a chase. He scrambles to the floor. He emerges holding a strange creature by its tail. He smiles. Welcome to armadillo chasing.

A tropical wetland the size of France, the Pantanal teems with wildlife but is home to few people, and it’s little wonder that a hobby this bizarre was born here. Locals practise the activity for its test of speed, strength and sight. After release, the challenge is upon you to partake in this popular custom. My suggestion? The little soldiers run like whippets. Leave it to the professionals.

Written by - Photo by Suneko

Readers who enjoyed
this article also liked:

  • Tinku Festival, Bolivia

    Does club kicking-out time on a Saturday night send you scuttling for the nearest taxi? Then don’t mess with the Bolivians.

  • Swim in beer, Austria

    If your local swimming pool was brown and frothy, would you dive in? Of course not. But how about if it was filled with beer?

  • Conker contest, England

    What could be quirkier than the idea of doing battle armed only with a nut and a piece of string?

Discuss

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.

Close