04/04/09 168 W - + 14 - 14 Varmint Mystery Solved, 1944

Here's another vintage gem, from the News & Observer on June 21, 1944. "Calm Returns to Western Boulevard Neighborhood as Prowlers Prove Harmless" reads the subhead. Two "night-roving" critters had alarmed residents around the Grove Street section of Western Boulevard. For two months, the mystery creatures had "stalked the countryside by night and remained well-hidden during the day." What were these seemingly harmless animals, reportedly the size of "a couple of fat pigs?" And that "even sounded like pigs?" South American armadillos, it turned out, that had escaped from the "miniature zoo" at the Western Boulevard home of a State College electrician. When they were being removed from their crates, the 'dillos escaped and hadn't been seen by their owner since. Since the creatures were "absolutely harmless" and "helpful in destroying rats," they were allowed to remain in their new residence, in a hole in the yard of one Mrs. Jackson.

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