Friday, August 4, 2017

Shooting an Armadillo

It’s today’s human interest story. It’s also today’s animal lovers’ story. It comes to us from Texas— where else? A man saw an armadillo in his yard and decided to shoot it. Here's what happened next.

KSAT reports:

A Texas man who found an armadillo in his yard early Thursday morning opened fire on the animal only to have the bullet ricochet back and hit him in the face.

Reuters reports the man went outside around 3 a.m. local time and fired his .38.

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

The shell deflected the bullets and the man had to be airlifted to a nearby hospital where his jaw was wired shut.

The sheriff said they couldn't recover the animal, so its status is unknown.


James said...

I call BS. No armadillo hide (shell) will stop a .38. It either went through him and off of something hard (concrete) or that wasn't a .38. As kids we used to chase them all the time. The trick was to catch them by the tail before they got their front legs into a burrow. You'd pull the tail off before they'd let go. They're also nearly blind so if you're quiet you can walk right up to them. I am from Texas

trigger warning said...

Im with you, James. A .38 would nail a 'dillo at backyard range.

trigger warning said...

Well, maybe not a Texas backyard.

Sam L. said...

I recall reading about a guy shooing an armadillo with a 9mm pistol; the bullet bounced off. The armadillo trundled off.

trigger warning said...

"Shooting is an effective and selective method. The best time to shoot is during twilight hours or at night by spotlight when armadillos are active. A shotgun (No. 4 to BB-size shot) or rifle (.22 or other small caliber) can be used. Good judgment must be used in determining where it is safe to shoot."
--- Cornell/Clemson/U.Nebraska Center for Wildlife Damage Control

Urban journalists (ie, 99.9%) will believe any ridiculous story about the wild hinterlands.

James said...

"Urban journalists (ie, 99.9%) will believe any ridiculous story about the wild hinterlands."
That's why I love my snattlerake story.

Ignatius Acton Chesterton OCD said...

You vicious, brutish men! What did an armadillo ever do to you???

Armadillos are listed as "Least Concern" on Wikipedia, so I guess everything is okay...

James said...

Well you people have forced me to do this......I hope you're happy: