A Texas man received instant karma at the speed of a bullet when a gunshot he fired at an armadillo ricoheted off and struck him in the head.
The small armored creature from Texas is part of a species known for their tough outer shell, but apparently the man didn’t think it’d stand a chance against his human-made firearm.
Luckily for him, the bullet only grazed his head, forcing a visit to the hospital where he’s expected to survive.
As for the armadillo, there’s yet any confirmation on if it survived.
The shooting occurred in the early hours of the morning at the 27,000 block on Highway 77. This is located in the Marietta area, according to KLTV.
The sheriff’s deputies have decided to classify this as an “accidental shooting”, which is ironic given the decision to shoot the armadillo was deliberate.
In the past, similar incidents have left these armored oddities dead, including one case where a 54-year-old man fired his gun, only for the bullet to ricochet off and strike his 74-year-old mother-in-law in the back.
The mother was lucky enough to have survived the shooting.
The armadillo’s shell is made up “plates of dermal bone covered in relatively small, overlapping epidermal scales called ‘scutes’, composed of bone with a covering of horn…Additional armour covers the top of the head, the upper parts of the limbs, and the tail.”
By rolling up into a ball, the creature’s most vulnerable body parts—its soft and furry underbelly—becomes shielded by the tough outer shell.