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.
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