“…odilloing in his armour”

My son and I have themed paint nights at home, always with a specific topic. Our last paint challenge was “armadillos with hats.” My ‘dillo reminded me a bit of Don Quixote and “The Beginning of Armadillos,” from Kipling’s Just So Stories.

I’ve never sailed the Amazon,
I’ve never reached Brazil;
But the Don and Magdalena,
They can go there when they will!

Yes, weekly from Southampton
Great steamers, white and gold,
Go rolling down to Rio
(Roll down–roll down to Rio!).
And I’d like to roll to Rio
Some day before I’m old!

I’ve never seen a Jaguar,
Nor yet an Armadill–
Odilloing in his armour,
And I s’pose I never will,

Unless I go to Rio
These wonders to behold–
Roll down–roll down to Rio–
Roll really down to Rio!
Oh, I’d love to roll to Rio
Some day before I’m old!

-Rudyard Kipling (1902)

Armadillo
“odilloing in his armour”
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