WATCH: This viral video has captured a very strange animal being cooked for consumption
A video rapidly going viral online has shown a chef preparing a selection of roasted armadillo and placing them in a dish to eat.
The little animals are steaming as the cook lifts them out of their shells with a knife to put the roasted meat to one side.
Lying on their backs, the dead creatures’ tails as well as their legs and front claws can be seen curled on top.
Five armadillos in total can be seen on the surface, all completely cooked and awaiting a de-shelling by the chef.
It’s not known where the clip was filmed but armadillos are commonly eaten in Central and South America.
Argentinian communities have been cooking armoured armadillos in the same fashion as this video for 9,000 years – flipping the mammal on its back and roasting it in the shell.
The meat is supposed to taste similar to pork and is a traditional ingredient in Mexico as well.
Many online viewers are disgusted by the clip of roasted armadillos but some feel sorry for the creatures. “Poor things look like they are frozen in shock,” one writes.
Another jokes, “Handy. It brings its own pot to cook in.”
The word armadillo translates from Spanish to “little armoured one” as their shells – or rather bony plates – cover their back, head, legs and tail. Armadillos are the only living mammals to have such shells.
WATCH: The chef has roasted armadillos and is placing them in a dish to eat
Armadillos have poor eyesight and rely on their sense of smell to hunt. Armadillos’ diet consists of beetles, ants, termites, and other insects.
They will also eat small vertebrates, plants, and some fruit, as well as the occasional carrion meal.
Their legs and front claws are used for digging while their long, sticky tongues extract ants and termites from their tunnels.
The creatures live in burrows and can sleep for up 16 hours a day.
Armadillos live in in temperate and warm habitats, including rain forests, grasslands, and semi-deserts.
WATCH: Armadillos live in in temperate and warm habitats, including rain forests and grasslands
Online viewers were also recently horrified by another video going viral that shows giant rats scurrying around a kitchen.
The rodents are enormous and are practically swarming over vats of noodles as they feast on the food.
They seem particularly keen to perch on the edge of a red vat to get nearer what seems to be noodles submerged in liquid.
To make matters worse, people can be seen walking past the shelves and doing absolutely nothing.
Either they are obvious to the creatures or they have noticed and simply don’t care.