Viral TikTok Video Shows Motorcyclist Befriending a Thirsty Armadillo on a Busy Highway

Motorcyclist Makes Friends With Armadillo

Armadillos are strange yet wonderful creatures. The species is named after a Spanish word meaning “little armored one” which is apt considering armadillos are the only mammal with a hard shell. They typically stay away from humans, but occasionally, they can be found on the side of roads. When motorcyclist Nelson Cardoso was heading home from work on a Brazilian highway, he noticed an armadillo that was looking lost and stopped to help it.

“He was about to cross the street, and the traffic was constant,” Cardoso recalls. “I stopped the bike to get him out of there.” Armadillos have a tendency to jump straight up into the air when they are startled. Unfortunately, this trait often leads to them being killed when they leap and hit the undercarriage of vehicles on highways. Luckily, for this particular armadillo, Cardoso was on hand to make sure it stayed out of harm's way.

After Cardoso parked his motorbike, he was surprised to see the little armadillo walk towards him. “They’re wild animals,” Cardoso explains. “Normally, they’re skittish. But he approached me without fear.” Since it was a hot day, Cardoso grabbed some water and began pouring it over the animal to cool it down. Sure enough, the thirsty armadillo began to drink and even sipped water straight from Cardoso’s hands.

Cardoso captured the sweet moment on video and shared it on TikTok, where it now has over two million views. “It was a great pleasure,” Cardoso says. “Being able to help him was very gratifying.”

Check out the sweet video below.

When motorcyclist Nelson Cardoso was heading home from work on a Brazilian highway, he stopped to help a thirsty armadillo.

@nelsoncardoso89foi um privilégio poder ajudá-lo.♬ som original – “Nelsinho”

In another video, Cardoso encourages the armadillo to walk away from the busy road.

@nelsoncardoso89tentando levar ele o mais longe possível do asfalto 😅♬ som original – “Nelsinho”

Nelson Cardoso: TikTok
h/t: [The Dodo]

All images via Nelson Cardoso.

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Emma Taggart

Emma Taggart is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. Originally from Northern Ireland, she is an artist now based in Berlin. After graduating with a BA in Fashion and Textile Design in 2013, Emma decided to combine her love of art with her passion for writing. Emma has contributed to various art and culture publications, with an aim to promote and share the work of inspiring modern creatives. While she writes every day, she’s also devoted to her own creative outlet—Emma hand-draws illustrations and is currently learning 2D animation.
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