Internet Can't Cope After Discovering How Armadillos Walk: 'High Heels'

The internet can't cope after discovering how armadillos walk, with the creature's jaunty gait being compared to someone wearing "high heels."

Greensboro Science Center, an "aquarium, museum, and zoo" in Greensboro, North Carolina, recently shared a clip of one of its residents, Rizzo, to their TikTok account.

"Clips of our armadillos that are guaranteed to boost your serotonin levels," the on-screen caption read.

The clip showed Rizzo scurrying along the floor, but what surprised people is that she did it on her claws, with a gait mimicking someone wearing stilettos.

The Greensboro Science Center told Newsweek Rizzo is a screaming hairy armadillo and a mom.

Screengrabs from @greensborosciencecenter's video.
Screengrabs from @greensborosciencecenter's video. The internet is shocked to learn how armadillos walk. @greensborosciencecenter

"Rizzo is 6 years old and is the mom of our other screaming hairy armadillos, Malcolm and Harriet," a spokesperson told Newsweek.

They added: "I didn't know what the reaction would be, but had hoped it'd brighten someone's day. I'm really happy that it had such a great response. All of our animals here at the GSC are full of joy and I love being able to share them with the world.

"When I was recording the video, I immediately thought that she was so dainty, but after I saw the comments about the high heels, I can't unsee the similarity. Rizzo is a high class girl!"

The clip has amassed 6 million views since being shared on Monday, as people went wild for Rizzo's jig.

"Little tippy, tappys," the clip was captioned, as Mushrooms.And.Marigolds asked: "They walk on their nails?"

Louisetitanium admitted: "I didn't know Armadillos ran on the tips of their nails. Like highheels! So cute!"

"I had no idea armadillos were just lil' ballerinas," a user known as Emily joked.

Photos of Rizzo the screaming hairy armadillo.
Photos of Rizzo the screaming hairy armadillo. The star of the clip is a mom named Rizzo, who lives at the facility in north Carolina. Greensboro Science Center.

AJ wrote: "She wearing heels y'all! Slay girlboss."

Mia Desport said: "She's got her high heels on."

Julianuniverse99 commented: "They run so sassy."

Chelsea raved: "It's the walking directly on the nails for me."

While Danisha Carter asked: "They walk on their tip toes?! lmao."

"I'm so happy the video has had such a positive response!" the science center spokesperson said to Newsweek.

Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Zoo also raved about Rizzo, with their official account commenting on Instagram, where the video was also shared, saying: "We loooooove tiny tippy tappys."

The Greensboro Science Center commented by confirming where visitors can find Rizzo if anyone wants to see her walk in person, saying: "They're in our Discovery House. After you enter, look to your left along the wall with the chinchilla and guinea pigs!"

The spokesperson added: "We've had Rizzo since she was 5 months old. She was born at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo on June 17, 2016. They are all permanent zoo residents with Rizzo and Harriet living in our Kavanaugh Discovery House with other small mammals and reptiles.

"Malcolm lives behind-the-scenes, not viewable by GSC guests. They all have great personalities! From their keeper, Elizabeth, Rizzo is the most outgoing and is the most mischievous. Harriet is very shy and is soft-spoken. Malcolm is the sweetest and is a very handsome boy, but is also very shy and a little mischievous."

The spokesperson explained: "Screaming hairy armadillos get their name because they are the hairiest genus of armadillo and true to their name, they emit a loud squeal when threatened."

"They are also excellent burrowers and are native to central and southern South America. Their shell is made of keratin, just like our hair and nails," the spokesperson said.

According to the Smithsonian Institution's National Zoo's webpage, screaming hairy armadillos use their claws for another unique purpose. "This species has also been observed digging in an unusual fashion—instead of using their legs and claws to expose grubs and insects, screaming hairy armadillos will force their heads into the ground, then turn in a circle to create a cone-shaped hole," the zoo said on its webpage.

The site said screaming hairy armadillos can live for around eight or nine years in captivity.

They're the smallest of the armadillo species, weighing an average of 2 pounds and the males are usually larger than females.

The omnivores can be found in parts of Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay, and just as their name suggests: "If threatened, they will emit a loud squealing noise."

File photo of screaming hairy armadillo Harriet.
File photo of screaming hairy armadillo Harriet. A spokesperson from the zoo described Rizzo as a "high class girl." Greensboro Science Center.

Update 7/7/22, 5:14 a.m. ET: This article was updated with additional comment and photos from Greensboro Science Center.