In proving foresight may be vain:
the best laid schemes o' mice an' men
Gang aft a-Gley,
An' lea'e us nought but grief an' pain
For promised Joy.
From To a Mouse, on turning her up in her nest with the plough, November, 1785, by Robert Burns
While a swath of land is being cleared for an apartment development on Airport Blvd. at Bolm Rd., this 9-banded armadillo must have been frightened onto the road where he met his demise, later joined by a beheaded possum. These rodents had plenty to eat and safe places to burrow until man's dominion broke Nature's social union.
David Short tells a story about Joni thinking armadillos must be born dead on the side of the road because she had never seen one alive. To set her mind at ease, he found and showed her a live one .
Poster artist, illustrator and painter, Jim Franklin, began drawing armadillos as early as 1968 for Shiva's Headband first album. Franklin also developed a long relationship with Eddie Wilson and the Armadillo World Headquarters creating the iconic posters, which today are valuable collector's items.
I can't help but be reminded of the Robert Burns passage quoted above, about a family of mice whose home was destroyed by the farmer's plow. And how in this life, no matter how comfortable we have become, there are no guarantees.