Taylor: What is that strange looking thing in the photograph? Is it wearing armor?
Buddy: Yes. That is an armadillo. We used to see this one before sundown when we walked Jan. Had we known then what we know now about them, we would have allowed Marcus to introduce himself to it.
Buddy: Because we were just reading that when an armadillo is startled, it leaps straight up in the air. That's one reason we sometimes see them dead in the street. You just don't leap in the air underneath a car..
Taylor: But what does that have to do with Marcus?
Buddy: You know Mr. OverlyExcitedMarcus. He sees something and he wants to drag us all over to meet it. In fact, he tried his best to do so. But had he succeeded in reaching the armadillo, he would have done the same thing he does to scare Merci. He would have leaped into its face and given that shrill screech that scares Merci every time, and the startled armadillo would have leaped into the air and scared the poop out of Marcus. It might have taught him a lesson. Or not.
Rusty: But how would Marcus ever get close to it?
Buddy: It has poor eyesight so it wouldn't see him coming and it would be so focused on finding bugs to eat, it wouldn't hear us, even though they have good hearing. In fact, it was so focused on running around searching for food, it didn't know Jan, Merci, Mr. FranticallyPullingOnTheLeash, and I had approached and were standing there watching it.
Taylor: Wow, that must be one deaf and dumb armadillo if it didn't hear Marcus.
Rusty: Or hungry. Deaf, dumb and hungry. Marcus invites everything he meets to lunch. Do you think he wanted to invite the armadillo to lunch?
Buddy: I doubt it. If Marcus invited it to come to lunch as a guest, he'd have a hard time feeding it. If Marcus invited it to lunch as lunch, he'd have a tough time eating it.
Rusty: Okay, I understand why Marcus would have a tough time eating it, but why would he have a tough time feeding it?.
Buddy: Because Jan doesn't keep a fresh supply of bugs in the pantry.