Not the actual armadillo. Biologist Rodrigo Cerqueira holds anarmadillo, named Ana Botafogo in honour of the Brazilian dancer, atthe Rio Zoo in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, May 21, 2014.
DALLAS (Reuters) – An East Texas man was wounded after he fireda gun at an armadillo in his yard and the bullet ricocheted back tohit him in his face, the county sheriff said on Friday.
Cass County Sheriff Larry Rowe said the man, who was notidentified, went outside his home in Marietta, southwest ofTexarkana, at around 3 a.m. on Thursday morning. He spotted thearmadillo on his property and opened fire.
「His wife was in the house. He went outside and took his .38revolver 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 waswired shut, according to Rowe.
The status of the animal is unknown.
「We didn』t find the armadillo,」 the sheriff said.
(Editing by Jon Herskovitz and Sandra Maler)