That camel wasn’t taking that “share a Coke” slogan lightly!
Angry Camel Kills Wildlife Park Owner Over Missing Coca-Cola
The American owner of a wildlife park in Mexico was killed by one of his animals this Monday. Richard Mileski of Chicago died after being kicked, bitten and sat on by a camel at the wildlife park he owned in the Mexican resort town of Tulum.
“The camel kicked and bit him practically to death, and when he was almost dead, he sat on him,” Tulum Civil Defense official Alberto Canto told the AP. “Between the blows and the weight of the camel on top of him, he was asphyxiated.”
He said it was still unclear why the animal, which was in a kind of enclosure, attacked Mileski, and authorities were sorting through a number of versions, including one that the camel was angry not to get a soft drink.
“One version is that he would always give him a Coca-Cola to drink, and apparently that day he didn’t give him the Coca-Cola,” Canto said. But, he added, “there are a lot of versions.”
Rescuers used a rope tied to a pickup truck to pull the angry dromedary off of Mileski’s body.
A statement posted by the sanctuary on its Facebook page said Mileski died Monday at age 60.
“Richard lost his life caring for one of the animals that he has dedicated the last 15 year of his life to saving,” the statement said.
“Richard founded the Tulum Monkey Sanctuary on his ranch in order to help rescue an endangered species, the spider monkey, from extinction,” it added. “But he did not limit himself to helping the monkeys for his compassion ran the entire range of species from dogs to ducks and horses to javali.”
Following his death Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office for Environmental Protection said the camel, 13 spider monkeys, six deer, two emus, two llamas and a wild boar were placed under seizure orders, but were being kept at the sanctuary pending investigation. The office said the park did not have papers proving the legal ownership of the animals.
The animals will continue to be cared for at the park by the manager of the facility.
Dang. Who knew camels were so serious about soda?