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4 Daring Animal Escapes of the Last 4 Months

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2. A Lonely Camel Just Looking for a Friend

Camels are very social animals. “They’ll bust down a fence to find a companion,” said Raymond Ferrante, manager of DB Inc. Land & Cattle Co.

Given that Ferrante knew that, it’s a mystery why DB Inc. penned in a 10-year-old camel named Phil all by himself.

Eventually Phil did exactly what Ferrante predicted: he broke out of his pen. Twice on the same day.

The lonely camel had been locked in by himself for a year in Concord, California, so on February 5th he busted out, “apparently just looking for some company.”

The second time he bolted he was “clipped by a minivan on a busy street,” but fortunately veterinarians at the University of California Davis pronounced him “fine.” Ferrante said that Phil was being moved to a new pen that he could not escape from.

At least poor Phil struck a small victory against the species that locks him up without any company by forcing authorities to close a road in both directions while DB employees struggled to force him into a truck. His quest for company may have been a mere inconvenience to motorists, but it was a clear cry of distress that his owners should heed.

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3:34PM PDT on May 14, 2013

bet they were terrified!

5:05AM PDT on Apr 20, 2013

thank you for sharing

9:07AM PDT on Mar 16, 2013

thanks for sharing :)

4:42PM PST on Mar 3, 2013

May it never happen that I meet any of the monsters from hell calling themselves human who work in the slaughter business I probably wouldn't be able to control myself.

12:49PM PST on Feb 24, 2013

Good story. There was a similar story in Germany a few months ago. But the animal was a brown cow, Yvonne. It took people a few months to catch her (clever cow!) but I don't know if it was sent to the slaughterhouse or not!

8:39PM PST on Feb 20, 2013

Some people are alive because it's still illegal to kill them.

7:52PM PST on Feb 20, 2013

I was so saddened for ALL of the animals in this article. All trying so hard to get away from their environment (although I did break a smile watching the little zebra trotting as fast as he could behind his pony counter part in crime). Hopefully the zebra is happy at his barn in NJ. I wish we knew what happened to the cute little pony though. It's wonderful knowing that the goat received his forever happy home and didn't have to end up in goat heaven....and the poor 'ol camel, all he wanted was company. I can understand that!! Being alone sucks!!! If I could break out of here and find myself some company I would do that too, dang it!! As far as the emu goes, maybe he just wanted to take up jogging! Think of the international attention that farmer could have gotten with his jogging emu rather than adding him to the list of those losing their life for their meat and oil!! Just saying.....

12:15PM PST on Feb 20, 2013

I agree ith Lori Eand Berty J. sad that only the goat was really saved humans are the worst living hings on th planet.

12:03PM PST on Feb 20, 2013


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