Two people killed in a loose camel attack near the Petting Zoo in Tennessee Said Friday. Authorities dropped camels “for the safety of everyone on the ground.”
The Obion County Sheriff’s Office said it received reports of camels attacking people near the Petting Zoo at Shirley Farm on Thursday afternoon. Sheriff Carl Jackson said on Friday that when he arrived at the scene, his agent found two unconscious victims on the ground and the camel was still loose.
In the audio obtained by CBS News, we can hear the dispatcher reporting “two 911 calls of two camels attacked at Shirley Farm.”
Employees from multiple agencies responded to the incident, and they provided assistance to the victims and attempted to move them to a safe place. However, Jackson said he attacked a vehicle in the Obion County Sheriff’s Office before the camel moved towards an agent who was transferring the victim to an emergency medical service.
At that time, the policeman put a camel, Jackson said.
The two victims were declared dead on the scene. They are identified as Bobby Matheny (42 years old) and Tommy Gunn (67 years old).
Shirley Farms told CBS News that they were angry and saddened by the attack and have no further comments at this time.
Obion is about 100 miles northeast of Memphis.
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