Woman allegedly attacked by camel at home of Confederate president
A Florida woman filed a lawsuit against the United Sons of Confederate Veterans, Inc. because of an incident involving a camel attack that happened in 2015.
The camel, whose name is Sir Camelot, allegedly attacked Sylvia June Abbott at the last home of Confederate president Jefferson Davis in Biloxi, Miss.
According to the Associated Press, Attorney Charles M. Thomas says that Abbott and her husband were walking to a cemetery behind the Beauvoir House when the camel stampeded her and bit her, leaving her with a fractured wrist and vertebrae.
Beauvoir's executive director, Tom Payne, did not immediately respond to a request from AP to comment.
According to the Sun Herald, Abbott claimed that Beauvoir either knew or should have known that Sir Camelot had "behaved dangerously" before.
"June was basically just walking across the grounds, and this camel charged at her, stampeded her and ended up biting her," her attorney Charles Thomas told the Sun Herald. "It's kind of ridiculous to think there are aggressive animals walking around on the property where this sort of thing can happen."
At one point in 2015, officials at the Beauvoir House decided the camel and other creatures were too aggressive and removed from the property. The animals returned in 2016 when visitor numbers dropped.
Abbott is seeking damages and compensation for her medical expenses and the mental toll that the attack took on her.
The Sun Herald concludes its report with perhaps the strangest fact involved in the case.
"To hear Beauvoir employees tell it, the most dangerous thing about Sir Camelot is his propensity for caffeine," the paper writes. "The camel loves Dr. Pepper and coffee and, yes, he is not above swiping a drink."