(Fayette County, TN 3/19/2012) Family members say 13-year-old Trip Knight’s speech will be delayed for life.
This after his grandfathers camel crushed his skull and broke many bones in his face
Family members tell New Channel 3 Trip was putting a harness on this camel last Tuesday when it picked him up by the head with its mouth and threw him to the ground.
They say his grandfather Jim Owens drove him to the hospital in Somerville where trip was life flighted to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.
Beverly bishop is Owen’s neighbor and can’t believe a camel attack happened that close to her.
“Being that dangerous and hurting a child like that and being right around the corner like that is scary,” said Bishop.
Bishop says she had no idea a camel was living so close by and it makes her worried for her own grandson.
Family member say that camel has not been put down because they are still pulling dan from it to make sure it doesn’t carry any disease.
The Fayette county sheriff’s office is investigating the incident but expect it to be ruled an accident.
Under Tennessee state law a camel isn’t classified as an exotic pet, so the owner doesn’t have to have an exotic license.
Some family members are upset saying Owens didn’t call 911 instead drove him to the hospital.
Neighbor Donald Ferge says he understands Owens’ decision, “Come out here then pick him up and carry him back to the hospital that would be half the time. If it were one of my grad kids as long as it didn’t hurt to move them.”
Bishop disagrees, “If it bit his skull I would be concerned about moving it. So I imagine I would have called 911. We have first responders out here.”
Trip has already undergone surgery on his skull and will have another one tomorrow to put metal plates in his face. Trip’s family says he has many more surges to come.
According to the health department the decision to put down the camel will be up the owner.