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‘Inquisitive, Smart’ Camel Killed After Trailer Overturns; Called Pregnant

The owners of the Oasis Camel Dairy were delivering a 5-year-old camel back to her home in Arizona when the trailer's safety chains broke.

Updated at 3:35 p.m. on Feb. 1

A camel that had reportedly been training at the Oasis Camel Dairy for 14 months was killed Friday morning after the trailer it was being towed in uncoupled from the towing vehicle and veered into a hill, overturning, said Oasis Camel Dairy owner Nancy Riegler.

Riegler said she and her husband were bringing the 5-year-old dromedary (one humped) camel back to her home in Camp Verde, AZ when the 16-foot stock trailer, which is owned by the camel's owner, uncoupled from the Reigler's truck at Highway 78 and 3rd Street—just 6 miles into their journey.

"Fortunately, we were traveling very slowly," Riegler said in the comments of a Patch article. "But unfortunately, not only did the trailer’s hitch fail, but the trailer’s safety chains broke."

California Highway Patrol reported Friday morning around 8:10 a.m. of the overturned horse trailer containing a camel. Westbound lanes were blocked on Highway 78 and animal control was called in.

The camel, Riegler said, died.

"The trailer was traveling at such a slow speed, we fully expected to see the camel with just scrapes and bruises," Reigler said in a comment on Patch. "We have sent the camel’s body to San Bernardino Animal Health Services County Veterinarian for a necropsy."

Someone by the username Virginia Thespiritwhisperer left a comment on Patch hinting that Sahara, the camel, was pregnant.

"Neither she nor the baby survived," Virginia said in the comments. "I am devastated and heartbroken beyond words. This accident should NOT have happened!"

Riegler said that Sahara was introduced to a bull camel while at Oasis Camel, but a veterinary palpation indicated no pregnancy. San Bernardino Animal Health Services County Veterinarian will help determine if Sahara was pregnant, according to Riegler.

"This is such a tragedy. We spent many hours training and handling the camel and grew so very attached to her," Riegler said, noting in an email that she and husband Gil were still in shock. "She was an inquisitive, smart girl."

Oasis Camel Dairy is located about 10 miles east of Ramona on state Route 78, just past Pine Hill Egg Ranch and Intermountain Fire-Rescue Department. 

Original Story

California Highway Patrol reported Friday morning a traffic collision at Highway 78 and 3rd Street, resulting in an overturned horse trailer containing a camel.

CHP said unit was at the scene at 8:10 a.m., kitty corner to Ramona Valley Grill.

A two-axle horse trailer had overturned and the westbound lanes were blocked.

According to CHP, the owner had notified animal control, but there is no official confirmation the camel has died.

A tow truck was called in at 8:10 a.m.

It is unknown at this time how many vehicles were involved in the collision and how it happened. It is also unknown if there were any injuries to those involved.

ronmelancon February 07, 2013 at 01:35 AM
While you make light of loose trailers a child almost was destroyed today by guess what a loose trailer http://www.cayman27.com.ky/2013/02/06/boy-hurt-in-accident So when you get to the higher place you Wil see all the lives lost along with horses and yes the Camel. By the way if parents did a better job we would not have teenagers who break into our cars destroy mailboxes and ring doorbells and the cops never found who they were. I did and they were bratty rich kids that had nothing else to do but terrorize my family.
ronmelancon February 07, 2013 at 01:39 AM
When the next life is lost by another preventable loose trailer you the people who make fun of saving lives wii know about it. Then ask yourself why people who own horses in Louisiana are getting a better hitch because they dont trust the current hitch and safety chains. See page 7 on the links http://www.dangeroustrailers.org/Saving_Lives_Why_So_Hard.html
ronmelancon February 07, 2013 at 02:18 PM
The clueless people in this forum advocate this..http://helenair.com/news/local/horse-euthanized-after-accident-on-highway/article_3d79bd50-9e55-11e1-a51b-0019bb2963f4.html http://www.fox28.com/story/16677131/loose-horse-trailer-causes-fatal-toll-road-accident
ronmelancon February 07, 2013 at 05:59 PM
Even a CAVEMAN can see that Defective Hitches and Defective Safety Chains are causing loss of lives...but for some reason the people in this forum think that everything is great and accept the deaths of not only humans...but horses and in this case a Camel. http://www.dangeroustrailers.org/Why_Is_It_So_Hard__.html
ronmelancon February 08, 2013 at 02:39 PM
Just keep up keeping your head in the sand......how many more women, children, camels, men, horses need to be hurt? Women and young boy injured in collision with detached trailer http://news.stv.tv/tayside/209586-women-and-young-boy-injured-in-collision-with-detached-trailer/

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