A Florida Woman Bit A Camel On The Balls, But That’s Only Half The Story
This is a wild ride.
A woman has bitten a camel on the balls. Fortunately for him, she may not have had teeth.
The incident of testicular trauma took place last Wednesday, September 18 at the Tiger Truck Stop petting zoo in Grosse Tete, Louisiana. Gloria and Edmond Lancaster from Florida had stopped to let their dog out, when Edmond began tossing dog treats into Casper the camel’s enclosure.
“My only question to her husband was: ‘Why did you throw the doggy treat under the fence?'” Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Deputy Louis Hamilton Jr. told The Advocate. “And he just said, ‘I wasn’t thinking.'”
Predictably, the couple’s dog jumped the fence in order to retrieve the treats, because that is what dogs do. However, as the dog is deaf, it then failed to respond when the couple called it, choosing to hang out with its new camel friend instead.
Thus, rather than go to the petting zoo’s staff for help, the pair made the fateful decision to crawl under the fence and into the enclosure to retrieve their pet, ignoring multiple warning signs in the process.
“At that point, you’ve invaded his space — which is private property,” Tiger Truck Stop manager Pamela Bossier told The Washington Post. “I guess he felt threatened.”
Gloria bent down to pick up their dog while her husband pushed Casper and swatted at him with his hat, attempting to move the animal away. It was then that Casper, who weighs over 270kg, sat on top of the woman.
“She said, ‘I bit his balls to get him off of me, I bit his testicles to get him off of me,'” said Hamilton Jr.
Casper appeared to be unharmed, though a veterinarian checked him over and prescribed a precautionary course of antibiotics. One of Bossier’s employees told her that Gloria did not have any teeth, which she speculated was behind the lack of bite marks on the camel’s balls.
It’s unclear whether Gloria herself was injured, however an investigation found Tiger Truck Stop was not at fault. Nor was Casper, who had simply been minding his own business, doing camel things.
“The camel did nothing wrong,” said Hamilton Jr. “[The couple] were aggressive. The camel was just doing its normal routine.” The pair were cited for a leash law violation and criminal trespass.
Tiger Truck Stop has long been the subject of criticism from animal rights groups, having held a tiger in captivity until its death in 2017.