The foxy armadillos are shown with other wild and farm animals while giving farmers a nice surprise, displayed at 50% of viewport width.
March 2020 by Terry Verduin


It started out as simple play
that ultimately saved the day
for Ma and Pa, Sis, Boom and Ba.
Even the farmers cheered, “Hurrah!”
(The Foxy Armadillos)

The wild animal surprises from Little Ray offer reading enrichment and teach animal appreciation through real-world nature adventures for children.

Wild is not Tame

Summit Style? Animals may not look as people expect them to look. They may be bigger or smaller than imagined. Looking at them through swim masks and binoculars may distort dimensions or colors.

Season of Change? Wild animals may not be as predictable as tame ones. During a beach or boating vacation, while camping at a park or in one's own backyard, it helps to learn how to react around them.

Breaking the Rules? Problems may be caused by nocturnal species appearing during the day or by crazed, aggressive beasts. A bite or scratch can cause illness or harm. Most wildlife sightings are thrilling and rare.

The Seedy Side? Vicious attacks can turn thrill into disaster. People can survive attacks. Spreading and flapping coats, holding equipment overhead, yelling, screaming and throwing things make people seem dangerous.

Unwelcome Surprises

The Next Act? Fear, protective instinct and strength enable injured animals to attack. Wildlife may be infected with rabies or other contagious diseases. Animal control officers, life guards or rangers act against safety problems.

Animal Origin? Rabies was one of the earliest diseases to infect people from the animal kingdom. The spread of many infectious diseases is blamed on the domestication of animals. There are no vaccines for many of these diseases.

Errata? Rattlesnakes are great swimmers. Those bitten should stay calm and call poison control. Panicking worsens the damages. In the United States, the telephone number for the National Poison Control Center is 1-800-222-1222.

Calm Before the Storm? Surprises are the nature of every beast. Carnivores on land and at sea are fast, strong and wily. Claws and teeth sharpen their ability to capture and eat meat. Survival is guided by their own needs.

Animal Needs

Top Things Off? Animals compete for food and survival. A fish pond may attract migrating birds. These feathery invaders may be pushed away by bird-eating cats, hawks or owls driven by the natural food chain.

High Fidelity? Animals do their best to survive and raise their young. Bold seagulls and pigeons steal human food. Alligators are known to snatch the hand feeding them. The smell of food attracts hungry invaders.

Uncommon Thread? Animals remain on the lookout. They tend to be skittish of people. Lone hunters and those of constant prey are hard to spot or approach in the wild. Photographs and illustrations bring them into homes.

Rustic Retreat? Wildlife needs to stay wild. Visitors to wild habitats should observe posted warnings. Parks maintain information for enrichment and safety. Reading to children raises awareness about animals sharing our world.

Animal-Proof? Human life styles are unsafe for animals. They must retain fear to stay away from roads, airports and boating areas. Homeowners panic over wildlife in houses, pools, porches or garages.

Holding Court? Development and recreation in wildlife areas bring people and animals together. The CDC has tips for travelers in Be Safe Around Animals. Venturing into the wild should begin and end with safety in mind.

Food Problems

Exchange? Human food may be bad for animals. Large quantities, improper qualities and packaging are unhealthy for them. Freezing food wastes to eliminate odors may help prevent interference with their natural diets.

Breaking Bread? Bread is junk food. It can swell after ingestion. A high-calorie, low-nutrient diet sickens animals. Salty foods cause fluid retention, which increases the risks of heart failure, cancer and kidney disease.

Toxic Waste? Plastic pollutants never disappear. They combine into strangulating snares. Consumed toxins within packaging destroy life from the inside. Not only is plastic hard to digest, it can be deadly.

Sour Orange? Hefty fines and tragedies come with unnatural feedings. In some places, it is illegal to feed dangerous animals or dispose of leftover food in a manner or recipient known to attract them.

Parks and Beaches

Magical? Animals are major attractions at national, state and local parks. To volunteer, pursue a career or explore the wilderness through NPS, visit their Index. Families with fourth-graders can visit national parks for free.

Contemplate Life Ride? On safari at parks, visitors come across rare animals. They might never again be experienced. Parks present facts about large and small creatures that roamed lands and waters before people arrived.

On the Fly Fix? Safety bulletins should be explained to children. They may not appreciate natural places after placing themselves in danger. Tours and tips inform people about the local surroundings and native populations.

Inside and Out? Beach guards know the risks of marine animals, tides and currents. They post warnings and stay equipped and trained to start rescue and treatment. Lifeguards are hired by amusement, state and federal parks.

Teach Animal Appreciation

Reverie Day? Children learn a lot about their place in the wildlife hierarchy. Food, fuel, shelter, medicine, water and other supplies and materials needed for human life originate in nature.

What's News? Animals teach important life skills and lessons. There's no need to crash like Foxy Armadillos to learn slight changes can make huge differences. Children should feel empowered by stingrays and sharks.

Animal Lessons? Animals teach us to be better people. They clean themselves and reflect good hygiene. They are confident, without taking themselves too seriously. They heed their instincts, while making playtime.

On Demand? Rabbits are popular for backyard habitats. Bears, bobcats, foxes, jackals, porcupines, skunks or wolves may take over the rabbit patch. A bird feeder may lure raccoons, rats or squirrels.

Offer Reading Enrichment

Close-Up? It is not necessary to get up close and personal. The Foxy Armadillos provides fuel for conversation about wild animal appreciation, self-sustaining agriculture, loss of habitat and more.

Hill Crop? Our site administrator saw her first armadillo after ten years in Florida. Few people are aware of armored Armadillo Landlubbers. These nocturnal mammals live in wild, forested areas.

Blown Away? Books carry readers closer to understanding behaviors and habitats. This window to nature may lead to career opportunities and sporting activities. Many people come to love the immense freedom of life in the wild.

Nature Adventures for Children

Rainbow Bright? No negative consequences come in Little Ray Children's books. Readers fly across the bay, confront sharks and roll into dizzying Foxy Armadillo surprises. They're back in time for dinner.

Dolly the Parrot? The world of birds on this allied site follows in the links below. It discusses bird care, feeding, training, habits and other facts about avian species in captivity and in the wild. Three books are pending.