If you believe you are having a bad day, spare a thought for this man who wanted to kill an armadillo and ended up in the hospital with his jaw wired shut. The bullet ricocheted off the creature and hit him in the face. The, at this point unidentified man, from Texas, saw the armadillo in his yard at about 3 am on Thursday morning, according to Reuters.
Cass County Sheriff Larry Rowe said the guy told an officer that he went outside, saw the animal and opened fire to attempt to eliminate the creature.Rowe stated: “His wife was in the home. He went out and took his .38 revolver and shot three times on the armadillo.
“The thing about armadillos is, they are pretty tough little creatures. As the guy discovered when its tough shell deflected at least one of those bullets, which then struck the guy in the jaw.
What happened to the armadillo? Who knows? “We did not find the armadillo,” Rowe said. And, presumably, the man who fired the shots has learned a lesson about how hard armadillos can be.
Comedian Ricky Gervais, who has been fairly outspoken about his view of hunters in the past, appeared to enjoy the narrative:
Texas man shoots armadillo, bullet ricochets back into his face http://t.co/1TNl5y3yVN karmadillo!
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) August 1, 2015
The incident is being investigated as a ‘possible accidental shooting’, according to USA Today.