Armadillos have a reputation for shooting mother-in-laws, but this armadillo seems to be the first to “fire back” at the shooter.
Samuel Ebert of Marietta, Texas spotted an armadillo in his yard at 3:00 a.m. last Thursday, so he decided to grab his gun an dispatch the animal.
According to Cass County Sheriff Larry Rowe, “[Ebert] went outside and took his .38 revolver and shot three times at the armadillo.” One of the bullets allegedly ricocheted off the thick armor of the animal and struck the man in the jaw. Though he needed surgery, Ebert was otherwise not seriously injured.
The sheriff also provided a different and more believable explanation for the shooting. He stated that the bullet most likely ricocheted off a rock and not the armadillo’s back. Rowe later said “We got tough armadillos out here. But they’re not that tough.”