Last night, on a one to two mile stretch of back road, I saw a doe, an armadillo, and what I thought at first was a melanistic opossum. Turned out to be a very strange skunk. The skunk was missing most of its fluffy tail, and was left with a small, patchy, not-quite-white stump of a tail. The only other white on the skunk was a small, bright-white patch on the top of its head.
The armadillo was only a few yards before the skunk. I almost hit it. Are armadillos stupid? This is a legitimate question. Most animals, when close to roads or on the roads, will try to make their way to the other side or out of the way of vehicles pretty quickly. But this guy came out of the grass, walked into the road, turned around, then walked up the road.
Another time I almost hit one because it came across the exit ramp as I was getting off the exit. I came to a stop (had to anyway) and it just stood there. Beeped at it and it just kinda walked in a circle.
Are there any studies of the mental capacities of armadillos?