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Camel that escaped twice 'wanted to be around other animals'

Phil the camel was looking for some company.

Phil after his recapture
Phil after his recapture
Image: (AP Photo/The Contra Costa Times, Susan Tripp Pollard

A CAMEL THAT escaped its enclosure twice in one day probably just wanted to be around some other animals, according to local officials.

The Contra Costa Times reports the single-humped camel was hit by a passing minivan as it walked along a road in Concord, California on Tuesday after its escape. It was not seriously injured.

It was the second time that day the 10-year-old camel named “Phil” escaped its enclosure. Earlier in the day citizens helped California Highway Patrol officers shepherd the camel off the roadway.

Raymond Ferrante — a land manager for a company overseeing property where the camel is being kept — says UC Davis veterinarians have examined it and said the camel did not suffer any broken bones, or other injuries.

Ferrante says because camels are “very social” he believes that’s why Phil escaped its enclosure twice in one day.

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