Texas man hospitalized after bullet bounces off armadillo

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A Texas man was hospitalized this week, after being hit in the head by a ricocheting bullet he had aimed at an .

The man decided to shoot the armadillo after seeing it on his property, near the 134-person east Texas town of Marietta, just before 3am on Thursday, Cass County sheriff’s officials said.

He fired three shots at the armadillo. At least one rebounded and hit the man in the jaw. The man was airlifted to a nearby hospital, where his jaw was wired shut, according to Cass County sheriff Larry Rowe.

It is not known whether the armadillo survived.

A Texas man was injured after shooting an armadillo when the bullet bounced back. Photograph: Land Between The Lakes KY/TN/flickr

The incident is the second this year in which a person has been injured in the southern US by a bullet ricocheting off an armadillo.

In April, a Georgia man wounded his mother-in-law after he fired a pistol at an armadillo and the bullet bounced off the animal, traveled through the back door of a mobile home and struck the 74-year-old woman in the back.

Carol Johnson suffered non-life-threatening injuries. The armadillo died.

Bill Smith, an investigator with the Lee County sheriff’s office, told WISTV the Georgia man, Larry McElroy, shot at the armadillo from about 100 yards away.

“Just the circumstances, just all the way around, the whole situation was unusual,” Smith said.

Wildlife management experts consider shooting an effective method for killing armadillos, which in the southern US are generally viewed as pests. Their effect is usually contained, however, to uprooting flowers and digging small holes.

Eating armadillos has been connected to leprosy in humans.

This article was first published by The Guardian on 01 Aug 2015.


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Michelle Mason

I just posted this and then read down the line. I felt like I was being a little mean at first but then I just went down the row and "liked" everything I was reading – too many to "like" them all though.

Michelle Mason

If you would just leave them alone – why can't humans just leave every animal alone??? I believe in karma and I am sorry but you apparently don't get it yet!

Hilary Morrison

That’s very good news for the Armadillo!

Maria Manuela Lopes

Poor armadillo

Gregandlinda Gilbert

Too many people feel compelled to kill any animal that's not "useful" or pretty. Just itching to shoot something.

Steve Osowecki

HAHA! Good. Good for the armadillo!!!

Tierra Chapman

Serves him right!

Susan Lee

Armadillos EAT ANTS and TERMITES you incredibly stupid Texans! Plainly you'd rather KEEP fire ants and try to kill one of the Very Few critters that has a chance controlling those fire ants.

Linda French


Maki Murakami

I am so sorry to hear that Armadillo was killed.

Neila Wood

Too bad this IDIOT ASSHOLE didn't die–morons think they can just go around shooting anything they don't like–maybe next time–KARMA will take care of this POS! Hell TEXAS that's no surprise!

Nina Stavlund

Did the man learn that everything is Karma? Did he learn that you simply can't kill anyhting you want just because you're a human? Nah, I bet he didn't learn anything.

Alan P Bruno

Love it. Maybe armadillo-like vests could sell.

Joan Dabulewicz

Corny! but that plan really backfired!

Paul Seligman

Excellent justice.

Bobby Balfour

Can't help hoping this will stop him shooting anything again. It seems to me it often takes a hunter getting hurt himself to realize what he's doing. I used to know someone who spent his youth setting snares for rabbits, until he got his hand caught up in one. He never did it again. In fact I went with him once to get a fox out of a snare – he'd completely revised his views!

Mark McCandlish

And now you know the origins of the term "jackass"…

June Bird Killington

Some good news at last!

Doris Charles

These people are getting their cupperupence, serves himself right, why does he want to shoot an armadillo for they are harmless he is a dickhead Ken.