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Runaway camel kills two people, goes after sheriff’s deputies

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Deb Kiner


Two men are dead after they were attacked by a camel at a petting zoo in Tennessee, according to the county sheriff’s office.

Obion County Sheriff’s Office said on its Facebook page that it had received a call at 4:44 p.m. Thursday, March 10, that a loose camel was “attacking people.”

“Deputies arrived on scene to find two unconscious victims on the ground at Shirley Farms and a camel still on the loose,” the sheriff’s office reported. According to the report, deputies along with other law enforcement officials and first responders attempted to render aid and move the victims to a safe place.

“The camel attacked an Obion County Sheriff’s Office vehicle then move towards deputies who were attempting to move a victim to EMS. It was at this time officers had to put the camel down for the safety of everyone on scene,” the sheriff’s office reported.

“The two victims, Bobby Matheny, 42, of Ridgely, TN and Tommy Gunn, 67, of Obion, TN, did succumb to their injuries and were pronounced dead on scene.”

No other information was released.

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