Camel Tramples, Kills 2 ... in Texas
Owner of camel farm had long raised the animals
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jan 11, 2015 5:10 PM CST
A camel feeds freshly cut willow at the zoo in Krefeld, northwestern Germany, Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014.   (AP Photo/dpa, Roland Weihrauch)

(Newser) – A "large, aggressive camel" on a farm in Texas trampled the farm's owner and another person to death Saturday, Fox News reports. Officers in Wichita Falls say the bodies of owner Peggye McNair, 72, as well as Mark Mere, 53, were found near a male camel with blood on its mouth and chest. The camel, housed with two females, was in rut, or sexually excited and aggressive, says the county sheriff, per KFDX. Mere entered the animals' pen to deal with a frozen water trough, and the male charged him, the sheriff says. When McNair tried to shut the gate, the camel attacked the pair.

McNair's family allowed authorities to put down the camel, KFDX notes. McNair, who raised camels for almost 20 years, ran Camel Kisses Ranch, where children visited, the Times Record News reports. That paper reported on McNair's work in 2009, noting that she was raising 19 females and one male. A former bank vice president, she said that the farm was "the most fun I’ve ever had in my life." That report called the camels as "tame as dogs." (In October, a Chicago-area man was killed by a camel he tried to save.)