Male camels, nevertheless, are recognized to be aggressive throughout the rutting season, a time between November and March after they attempt to mate with females, stated Dr. Faye, a chairman of the International Society of Camelid Research and Development.
“Sometimes they are completely crazy,” he stated, including, “Usually, if the male is correctly managed, there is no problem.”
Still, Dr. Faye stated that it was uncommon to see a camel assault of this scale.
There have been different assaults, together with one in 2014 through which a Chicago man who owned a wildlife park in Mexico died after a camel kicked him, bit him and sat on him. And in 2015, a camel trampled two folks to demise at a farm in Texas. That camel was a male in the course of its rutting season.
A person who answered the cellphone at Shirley Farms on Sunday declined to remark. It was not clear for what goal the farm had the camel.
On Facebook, Shirley Farms advertises a seasonal pumpkin barn and animal petting areas. In 2017, it supplied camel rides.
A 2019 inspection report by the U.S. Agriculture Department stated that the farm didn’t have a barrier separating the camels and the individuals who have been petting and feeding them, including that there have been no workers or attendants round. It was not recognized if the farm had corrected the problems.
A division inspection report from September confirmed that the farm had at least one dromedary camel. Dromedary camels weigh about 1,100 kilos and attain at least six ft at the shoulder, in accordance with the division. The farm additionally had goats, sheep, deer, alpacas, a zebra and a kangaroo, the report stated.