Nine-banded armadillos are among the largest animals of their type (some of whom are quite small), but this species is nothing compared to their enormous cousins south of the border. Chances are, it's an animal you've never seen before.
Giant armadillos, native to South America, can weigh up to 180 pounds and reach lengths of nearly 5 feet, head to tail. Despite their massive size, however, the giant armadillo is considered one of the most elusive animals on the planet — so much so, in fact, that very little is known about them at all.
But just recently, one of these camera-shy behemoths decided to make a stunning rare appearance.