A Chicago-area man who founded a wildlife sanctuary in Mexico ended up being kicked, bitten, and squashed to death by one of the animals he tried to save. An enraged camel kicked and bit Richard Mileski "practically to death, and when he was almost dead, he sat on him," an official in the beach resort of Tulum tells the AP. "Between the blows and the weight of the camel on top of him, he was asphyxiated." It's not clear why the animal—which had to be pulled off the 60-year-old's body with a rope tied to a truck—was so angry, the official says, but one theory "is that he would always give him a Coca-Cola to drink, and apparently that day he didn't give him the Coca-Cola."
The animal was taken away by Mexico's federal environmental agency, which has closed the Tulum Monkey Sanctuary pending an investigation, the Chicago Tribune reports. "Richard lost his life caring for one of the animals that he has dedicated the last 15 years of his life to saving," the sanctuary said on its Facebook page. "He founded the sanctuary on his ranch in order to help rescue an endangered species, the spider monkey, from extinction. But he did not limit himself to helping the monkeys, for his compassion ran the entire range of species from dogs to ducks and horses to javali." (Last month, the founder of an elephant sanctuary in Maine was crushed to death by an elephant he met while working as a circus juggler.)