An armadillo is a mammal with a hard, leathery shell – and one man learned the hard way just how rigid that shell is when a bullet he used to shoot an armadillo bounced off the shell and hit him on the face!

The man (who could not be named) living in Marietta, southwest of Texarkana, East Texas, spotted an armadillo at his property so he did the most logical thing he could think of: get his gun and start shooting. He did not get to shoot more than three times because one of the bullets hit him smack in the face, said Cass County Sheriff Larry Rowe.

Lucky for him his family was inside the house at the time (as it was still 3 AM!), so no one else was hit by the bullets which ricocheted from the back of the armadillo. Unlucky for him, he had to be airlifted to the hospital where the doctors had to wire his jaws shut. Ouch!

By http://www.birdphotos.com (Own work) [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

By http://www.birdphotos.com (Own work) [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

It is unknown why the man fired at the armadillo but he quickly learned a lesson as to how hard the animal’s shell can be. It was certainly as hard as or might even harder than a bulletproof vest! My only hope is that people won’t start hunting for armadillos to get its Kevlar-like shell.

As for the poor armadillo the man hit, the police scoured the area but did not find it. Quite possibly, it escaped unharmed and is still alive somewhere, wondering why on earth was the man shooting him at 3 in the morning…

News Source:

NBC News