Saturday, August 1, 2015

The Armadillo Fights Back...!

Over at Yahoo News, I found a story that could only be from Texas! Seems as though the Armadillos are fighting back. Guess it's true that you don't mess with Mother Nature.

Texas man shoots armadillo, gets hit in face by bullet ricochet
Reuters By Lisa Maria Garza

DALLAS (Reuters) - An East Texas man was wounded after he fired a gun at an armadillo in his yard and the bullet ricocheted back to hit him in his face, the county sheriff said on Friday.

Cass County Sheriff Larry Rowe said the man, who was not identified, went outside his home in Marietta, southwest of Texarkana, at around 3 a.m. on Thursday morning. He spotted the armadillo on his property and opened fire.

"His wife was in the house. He went outside and took his .38 revolver and shot three times at the armadillo," Rowe said.

The animal's hard shell deflected at least one of three bullets, which then struck the man's jaw, he said.

The man was airlifted to a nearby hospital, where his jaw was wired shut, according to Rowe.

The status of the animal is unknown.

"We didn't find the armadillo," the sheriff said.

Ya know, it's bad enough when the critters start fighting back. But to fight back by throwing your own bullets back in your direction seems a little weird to me. We have some frisky critters around Texas, I guess!

Coffee out on the patio this morning. Watch out for the fighting critters, OK?

10 comments:

Rob said...

Out shooting Armadillos at 3am? I suspect coffee on the patio was not his problem!

Ian H said...

Armadillo named Cecil?

Sixbears said...

Some idiots should not have guns. It makes the rest of us look bad.

Enjoying a cup of coffee before taking the sailboat out on the lake today.

HermitJim said...

Hey Rob...
Sounds like a typical late night activity in small town Texas. Never a dull moment some nights, I reckon.
Thanks for stopping by today!


Hey Ian...
The paper didn't mention the name of the Armadillo...sorry!
Thanks for coming by today!


Hey Sixbears...
Sounds like a great way to spend a Saturday morning to me.
Thanks for dropping by this morning!

JO said...

It takes all kinds. I guess he didn't want the critter messing up his yard.

Pass the pot please

Mamahen said...

Ok not being from Texas and having limited knowledge of armadillos'.... would it really have been so bad just to leave it alone?

HermitJim said...

Hey Jo...
Armadillos will dig up an area looking for grubs and such, but I don't know why he just didn't chase it away. Wonder if alcohol was involved?
Thanks for dropping by this morning!


Hey Mamahen...
The only bad thing about the 'dillos is that they have been known to carry leprosy at times. Many folks don't mind eating them, though. Ugly little critters!
Thanks for coming by this morning!

Stephen said...

I pop 'em all the time in my backyard with little bitty CB .22 caps...they just smile and move on to the next yard.

Dizzy-Dick said...

You know the old saying, "Sometimes you get the bear and sometimes the bear gets you". I guess it holds true for armadillos, too.

HermitJim said...

Hey Stephen...
They do have some very hard shells, for sure!
Thanks, my friends, for coming by!


Hey Dizzy...
Gotta watch those Armadillos that's for sure!
Thanks for thew visit today!