A freaky encounter unfolded at the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete last week when a Florida truck driver and her husband crawled into a camel's enclosure at the truck stop, and the camel sat on the woman, who used her teeth to bite the camel's testicles to escape, our media partners at The Advocate report. The woman's husband had been tossing treats for the dog under the camel's fence for some unknown reason.
The dog ended up running under a double barbed wire pen belonging to Casper the camel.
She told deputies she bit the 600-pound camel when he sat on her. "I bit his testicles to get him off of me", she told Iberville Parish Deputy Louis Hamilton Jr.
A supposedly friendly camel named Caspar, who grazes at a Louisiana highway truck stop as a tourist attraction, allegedly suffered a particularly undignified injury at the teeth of a Florida woman last week.
Police have cited the couple for a leash law violation and criminal trespassing.
The dog, which was deaf, was unable to hear his owner's calls at the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete on I-10, a few miles west of Baton Rouge, so the woman chased after it. The Advocate said there were signs warning visitors to stay out of the enclosure.
"It was just insane", Pamela Bossier, manager of the Tiger Truck Stop, told The Washington Post on Monday, "to the point of, why would somebody do that?"
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"The camel has never been aggressive, the camel has never gotten out, never caused any issues", Hamilton told the paper. "And he just said, 'I wasn't thinking'".
So, a woman walks into a camel enclosure.
Hamilton was blunter: "She said".
She also said Caspar's behavior was "instinct" because he had been provoked.
The tiger had been put down in October 2017 because of kidney failure and other health issues.
"Any animal you provoke, they're going to strike back", she told the Advocate, adding that the couple could have asked store employees for help retrieving their dog. For the last thirty years the truck stop has housed different wild animals, including a tiger.
"My only question to her husband was: 'Why did you throw the doggy treat under the fence?'" Hamilton went on to tell the publication.