- Associated Press - Friday, August 8, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Officials at an Albuquerque zoo say a camel has died after being hit by a falling tree limb.

Albuquerque BioPark director Rick Janser tells the Albuquerque Journal (https://bit.ly/1lHqvCT) that zoo workers heard a crack around 4:45 p.m. Wednesday and saw a cottonwood tree limb fall and strike Bea, a Bactrian camel, in the head.

Janser says Bea died instantly from her injuries.

He says the 21-year-old, two-hump camel loved to nuzzle zoo keepers after they had drank a cup of coffee.

The zoo has two other camels.

BioPark officials say they have spent $60,000 clearing dead trees and broken limbs in recent months.

Janser says the New Mexico drought has contributed to trees getting weaker and breaking.

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Information from: Albuquerque Journal, https://www.abqjournal.com


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