An East Texas man was hospitalized on Thursday evening after the bullet he used to shoot at an armadillo ricocheted and hit him instead, reports kltv.com.
According to the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, the accident happened on the freeway of Highway 77 in Marietta at approximately 3:00 a.m. The bullet hit the man in the back of the head, however his injuries were minor, and he was released. Of course the question remains why was the man shooting an armadillo? The sheriff’s office is conducting an investigation.
CBSNews reported a similar situation in Leesburg, Georgia in April, when a man shot at an armadillo, and the bullet ricocheted into his mother-in-law’s home hitting her in the back. Lee County Sheriff deputies say the bullet killed the armadillo, but bounced off the animal, hit a fence, traveled through the back door of the mother-in-law’s mobile home and into the recliner where the 74-year-old woman had been sitting and struck her in the back. Fortunately her injuries were not life threatening.
Armadillos live mostly solitary lives, eat bugs, snakes, and generally mind their own business. Leave them alone. The condition of the Texas armadillo is unknown, but we all hope he escaped unscathed.
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