Tuesday, 4 September 2007

Be Careful What You Wish For, Really.

Woman killed by birthday gift camel

An Australian woman was killed by a pet camel given to her as a 60th birthday present.

The woman died at her family sheep and cattle ranch near Mitchell, 350 miles west of the Queensland state capital Brisbane, state police Detective Senior Constable Craig Gregory said.

The 10-month-old male - weighing about 330 pounds - had knocked her to the ground then lay on top of her in what police suspect was mating behaviour, Gregory said.

"I'd say it's probably been playing or it may be even a sexual sort of thing," Gregory said.

The woman was given the hand-reared camel in March as a birthday present from her husband and daughter.

"She had a love of exotic pets," Gregory said.

Camel expert Chris Hill said he had no doubt the camel's behaviour was sexual.

Hill, who has offered camel rides to tourists for 20 years, said young camels are not aggressive but can be dangerous if treated as pets without discipline.

The fate of the camel is not known.

A post mortem examination will determine the precise cause of death.

The moral?

Be careful what you wish for.

'And so say all of us..'


zola a social thing said...

A certain member of the WHO ( after they made a bit of cash) bought the mother a cottage in the Shetlands.
But that was the 1960s.

Merkin said...

In an earlier existence, I played football for Shetland Hibs and, even earlier, Shetland Rangers.
Couldn't think of a better place to wish for.

Pixie said...

I got spat at by a camel once. Don't think it liked me, well I hope that's what is was rather than camel foreplay.

Merkin said...

The things that people will reveal on the net.

trousers said...

Thank goodness no jokes so far about getting the hump or suchlike.

Jose said...

Oh, these camels should be taught better manners.

I didn't know camels also spat, llamas - which are of the same family do, which is also a sign of bad education by human standards.