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Forget Tigers: Camel Attacks Zoo Worker, Biting His Head and Dragging Him 15 Feet

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Most people know that you don’t want to irritate a camel because they might spit at you — but as it turns out, when they’re really ticked off, they can also grab you by the head and drag you around, too.

Roger Blenker, 32, found that out the hard way on Wednesday during a routine activity at Hemker Park & Zoo near Freeport, Minnesota.

Blenker, identified by the zoo as one of the owners but referred to as an employee by the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, was moving a camel to be transported to another location when the animal decided it had had just about enough.

The camel — which has not been named or otherwise outed — bit down on Blenker’s head and dragged the employee for about 15 feet, according to the sheriff’s department news release.

Another employee, Seth Wickson, 32, was able to pry open the cranky camel’s mouth with a plastic board, giving Blenker the opportunity he needed to escape. Blenker ran, but as he moved off, the camel turned its attention to Wickson and charged.

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And then the camel bit Wickson in the head, too.

Eventually, men and beast were separated and safe from one another. Wickson refused medical attention, but Blenker was rushed to a hospital in St. Cloud by Life Link Helicopter, according to a report from the sheriff’s office.

“At 2:37pm today during normal zoological operations there was an interaction between one of our owners and a camel,” the Hemker Zoo & Park posted on Facebook following the incident.

“Our owner did sustain minor injuries and is expected to make a full recovery. The camel was not injured during the interaction and remains in good health. We thank you all for your continued support.”

Thankfully, the injuries were minor and Blenker was out of the hospital the next day.

“We wanted to give everyone an update on yesterday’s interaction,” the zoo posted in an update on Thursday.

“The owner was discharged earlier today and is going to have a full recovery. The camel is doing well with no injuries and is enjoying the beautiful weather.

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“We thank everyone for reaching out, prayers and support. We will continue to be a family fun destination for Minnesotans.”

The zoo also assured guests in the comments that “appropriate barriers” were in place “to ensure safety for everyone.”

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
Austin, Texas
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English und ein bißchen Deutsch
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Faith, Animals, Cooking