Camel Kills Owner in Apparent Mating Attempt

60-year-old woman had love for exotic animals

By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 20, 2007 2:34 PM CDT

(Newser) – A pet camel killed its Australian owner—purportedly after trying to mate with her. The camel, 10 months old but already weighing in at about 330 pounds, knocked the 60-year-old woman to the ground and lay on top of her. “I’d say it’s probably been playing, or it may be even a sexual sort of thing,” a policeman spokesman guessed.

A camel expert told the Telegraph he had no doubt the camel’s behavior was sexual, but added that young camels are only aggressive when they aren’t properly disciplined. The woman’s family gave her the pet camel, who nearly suffocated the family’s pet goat, as a birthday gift because of her love for exotic animals.

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Camel Racing in Qatar   (Getty Images)
In this photo provided by Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, baby camel   Roxy, a female Dromedary camel, joins her mother, Marian, out on habitat for the first time, Friday, May 11, 2007, at the park in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/ Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Morgan Stailey)
In this photo provided by Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, baby camel Roxy, a female Dromedary camel, joins her mother, Marian, out on habitat for the first time, Friday, May 11, 2007, at the park in Tampa,...   (Associated Press)
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