Two men killed by camel at petting zoo in northwest Tennessee

Posted at 8:43 PM, Mar 10, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-11 13:37:59-05

OBION, Tenn. (WTVF) — Two men were killed in a camel attack in northwest Tennessee on Thursday, as first reported by the Tennessee River Valley News.

The Obion County Sheriff's Office said a loose camel near Shirley Farms on South Bluff Road began attacking people around 4:45 p.m. Two people were found unconscious at Shirley Farms.

As first responders were trying to help the victims and move them to a safe place, the camel attacked an Obion County Sheriff's Office vehicle. The camel also moved towards deputies who were helping the victims.

The sheriff's office said in response to the movement, officers "had to put the camel down for the safety of everyone on scene."

The two victims, identified as 42-year-old Bobby Matheny and 67-year-old Tommy Gunn, later died of the injuries.