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Ricky Gervais sparks #karmadillo after man's bullet backfires off armadillo

08/01/2015 01:13 EDT | Updated 08/01/2016 05:59 EDT
Actor and comedian Ricky Gervais got a kick out of Friday's story about a man in Texas who was wounded after he fired a gun at an armadillo in his yard, causing the bullet to ricochet back to hit him in the face.

Gervais tweeted a link to CBC News' story about the armadillo Saturday morning, along with an edited photo of what appears to be an armadillo wearing a pair of sunglasses. He included the hashtag #karmadillo, a portmanteau of karma and armadillo.

Gervais wasn't the first to coin "karmadillo" when the story broke — it was posted multiple times in the comments section on CBCNews.ca, on our Facebook page and on other news outlets' coverage.

But Gervais got the ball rolling with the help of his 9.52 million followers, and it's since been used more than 1,000 times on Twitter alone.

This is at least the second time an armadillo's natural armour caused an unfortunate backfire in the United States. BBC News reported in April that a similar incident happened in Georgia.

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