Sanctuary anticipates armadillo's arrival


Toni O'Neil, shown wearing an armadillo T-shirt, holds a stuffed armadillo by armadillo crossing sign at Possumwood Acres Wildlife Sanctuary in Hubert recently.

Don Bryan / The Daily News
Published: Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 08:12 PM.

Toni O’Neil hasn’t had an armadillo arrive at Possumwood Acres Wildlife Sanctuary in Onslow County — but she’s expecting them.

“It’s not outside of the realm of possibility,” she said.

According to the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, the bony-plated mammals are expanding their range in North Carolina and that makes perfect sense to O’Neil.

Armadillos are well-known in states like Texas and Florida, and there are populations in South Carolina. With mild enough winters there’s no reason they shouldn’t head further north into North Carolina.

“We knew it was just a matter of time,” O’Neil said.

And that’s just fine with her.

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