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Quirky Church Hill as seen at St. John’s Church – Update: Eduardo is gone…

Armadillos in the news tend to either harass or have bullets ricochet off their hard shelves. Armadillos are our friends though- living off of mostly insects and larvae. They have tiny teeth so they won’t bite you.

Our neighbor Martha shared this with us a bit ago and we have to admit that some of us here (aka…me) had a bit of a chat to see if this was a real one, but alas, he’s full of stuffing! This fella sits at St. John’s Church. Who put him there and Why?

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EDIT: Eduardo is NOT real folks. He’s just a fun stuffed armadillo that someone placed at St. John’s Church.
EDIT 2: We hope that whomever took Eduardo just moved him out of the goodness of their heart to a safe place- otherwise, this is pretty lame.

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Holly Shrimpy Hilton
Holly Shrimpy Hilton
2 years ago

His name is Eduardo. And he has been squatting up there since the New Year.

Holly Shrimpy Hilton
Holly Shrimpy Hilton
2 years ago

No problem! He did some time in a tree up at Patrick Henry Park, but we think he got into a scrap with some squirrels so he moved to St. John’s where he’s been now for the winter. I love Eduardo!!

Queen mom
Queen mom
2 years ago

Church Hill is very inclusive! I love Eduardo.

Elizabeth Ramer
Elizabeth Ramer
2 years ago

I always knew I loved Richmond!

Tammie Lyle
Tammie Lyle
2 years ago

He’s pretty big,last time I saw one it was a 3rd of this one

Gustavo Adolfo
Gustavo Adolfo
2 years ago

I just love this stuff. It makes me happy 🙂

Amira Aronovici
Amira Aronovici
2 years ago

I want to go see him!

Leon Buckminster Lewis
Leon Buckminster Lewis
2 years ago

Crazy!

Marcus Rodriguez
Marcus Rodriguez
2 years ago

Let’s catch him!

Todd Rich
Todd Rich
2 years ago
Charles Nance
Charles Nance
2 years ago

Oh, great, Churchillians. Armored rats.

James Hoard
James Hoard
2 years ago

Please let him be

James Hoard
James Hoard
2 years ago

As a close personal friend of Eduardo, he seems to be content in his safe place. He would love to remain at his spot in peace.

Holly Hilton
Holly Hilton
2 years ago

Eduardo has been living at this corner of St. John’s for several months now and we hope he will remain here unencumbered.

Holly Hilton
Holly Hilton
2 years ago

If someone would like to give him a sweater or bring him a companion that would be great, but now we fear that this spotlight on his existence might bring about his downfall. Hope he is still there so he can enjoy the Irish Festival. ?

Nathan Moore
Nathan Moore
2 years ago

He’s pretty bad ass to have made it through this brutal RVA winter

Tom Smith
Tom Smith
2 years ago

Hmm. Maybe an Armadillo sammich?

Kathi Sanders
Kathi Sanders
2 years ago

Please note that armadillos carry a number of communicable diseases. Not ‘Eduardo’s’ fault, but they are the perfect host to several diseases that could be transmitted to humans, dogs and ? . Eduardo would probably be better off in a rescue facility where he could have other armadillo companions and a more armadillo friendly environment. I feel bad for him. One more thing – it’s hard to tell if Eduardo is healthy because of his shell. He’d need a hands-on exam to tell if he’s underweight, which could be likely since he’s not living in a normal armadillo habitat. I… Read more »

Martha McConnell Looney
Martha McConnell Looney
2 years ago

So glad to know now that he has a name!

In the original shot, I was able to determine his health status. The only thing Eduardo will need is a little more stuffing and a few “stitches” to keep his neck attached.

Kathi Sanders
Kathi Sanders
2 years ago

Are you saying that Eduardo is fake news???!! ?

Martha McConnell Looney
Martha McConnell Looney
2 years ago

Absolutely not I took him down to the exotic species department at the spca and they’re the ones that made the health determination.

I think the formal procedure was skin grafting

Melissa
Melissa
2 years ago

Did somebody move the clock ahead to April 1st? @ Holly Hilton, I highly doubt that Eduardo would enjoy the Irish Festival, or survive it for that matter. I can imagine a number of bad things that could happen to him during the annual beer fest and I fear for his safety. I totally agree with @ Kathy Sanders, I feel badly for him and worry for his health and safety. I am going to speak with veterinarian friend of mind who owns and cares for a variety of exotic animals to see what she suggests. I really don’t think… Read more »

Betsy
Betsy
2 years ago

Who put him there?

Ronnie Chappell
Ronnie Chappell
2 years ago
Reply to  Charles Nance

@ Charles Must have climbed in your suitcase during a recent visit to New Orleans and escaped from your laundry room while the rest of your clothes were waiting to be washed.

Melissa
Melissa
2 years ago

@Martga Looney & @Gustavo, ha-ha. Very funny, indeed. The “exotic species department” at the SPCA should have given it away. Question…given that it’s not April Fool’s Day, does anybody think promulgating a hoax is the best use of this neighborhood news site? Particularly in this age of Fake News? And I do have a sense of humor.

Jacob C.
Editor
Jacob C.
2 years ago
Reply to  Melissa

@Melissa Sorry if that was confusing. We tried to point out in the story that he wasn’t real which is why it says “had a bit of a chat to see if this was a real one, but alas, this fella sits at St. John’s Church.” We just wanted to share a cool picture and quirky piece of art in Church Hill. We weren’t suggesting he was real. We often-times like posting community photos that we find interesting or quirky.

REBECCA SMITH
REBECCA SMITH
2 years ago

“Then this plated ‘dillo beguiling my sad fancy into smiling
By the grave and stern decorum of the countenance it wore…………” quoth the ‘dillo ” I shall rest here forever more.” I like to think Eduardo is keeping Eliza company.

Melissa Gropman
Melissa Gropman
2 years ago
Reply to  Todd Rich

@ Todd Got to love the Far Side!

Melissa Gropman
Melissa Gropman
2 years ago
Reply to  Kathi Sanders

@kathy Zoom in on the picture to look at his neck.

Holly Shrimpy Hilton
Holly Shrimpy Hilton
2 years ago

@Rebecca DYING!!! ???

Martha McConnell Looney
Martha McConnell Looney
2 years ago
Reply to  Holly Hilton

@ Holly Great idea! Or a Blarney Scarf to keep that neck warm.

Mark
Mark
2 years ago

Good one, hook, line and sinker.

Holly Hilton
Holly Hilton
2 years ago

Eduardo is not a living, breathing creature. HOWEVER, as far as this being fake news, I don’t believe that is entirely the truth. He is an armadillo. He is in St. John’s Church. He is not hurting anyone or spreading communicable diseases. He was placed there a few months ago and has been spending time at this corner. I just checked on him and he’s there minding his own business.

Gustavo Adolfo
Gustavo Adolfo
2 years ago
Reply to  Holly Hilton

Karol he is a statue. Some folks are not reading the article.

Karol
Karol
2 years ago

Thank you, Gus! I hadn’t seen today’s edit. I love this!!

Martha McConnell Looney
Martha McConnell Looney
2 years ago

I hope no one disturbs the Chimboazo Iguana. The one by the dog park….

Clay Street Resident
Clay Street Resident
2 years ago

Eduardo may be a fake armadillo, but there are possums in Church Hill that are his size and larger! In particular, I’ve seen one scurrying across Clay Street near the Chimborazo Elementary School on several different occasions. Easily the size of a small dog/large cat.

Holly Hilton
Holly Hilton
2 years ago

It was inevitable……..Eduardo is gone. ?

Martha McConnell Looney
Martha McConnell Looney
2 years ago

Oh no this is terrible!

Martha McConnell Looney
Martha McConnell Looney
2 years ago

I think they’re gonna bring him back and better than ever

Holly Hilton
Holly Hilton
2 years ago

Armadillos are burrowers by nature. Let’s hope he took it underground stylez for the time being.

Martha McConnell Looney
Martha McConnell Looney
2 years ago

Could just walk over to the fire station and ask them for the a copy of the camera footage for last night.

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