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A Florida woman, who had apparently been ruminating for some time about a lawsuit, has filed one against the United Sons of Confederate Veterans, Inc., because of an incident from 2015 involving an alleged camel attack.


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To make matters even weirder, the camel is named Sir Camelot, the location of the alleged attack was the last home of Confederate president Jefferson Davis — a plantation in Biloxi, Miss. — and the camel likes caffeine.

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Sylvia June Abbott says Sir Camelot injured her mentally and physically. Attorney Charles M. Thomas says Abbott and her husband were walking to a cemetery behind Beauvoir House when the camel stampeded her and bit her, leaving her with a fractured wrist and vertebrae.

Beauvoir’s executive director, Tom Payne, nearly the same name as a certain American historical figure, in America didn’t immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

In this Sept. 2, 2015 photo, the monument of Jefferson Davis is seen on Jefferson Davis Parkway at Canal Street in New Orleans. Prominent Confederate monuments long taken for granted on the streets of this Deep South city may be on the verge of coming down and become new examples of a mood taking hold nationwide to erase racially charged symbolism from public view. This week and next, the City Council will take up the issue of removing four monuments linked to Confederate history. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

According to the Sun Herald, Abbott claimed Beauvoir knew or should have known Sir Camelot “behaved dangerously” before.

“June was basically just walking across the grounds, and this camel charged at her, stampeded her and ended up biting her,” her attorney Charles Thomas said. “It’s kind of ridiculous to think there are aggressive animals walking around on the property where this sort of thing can happen.”

A statue of Confederate president Jefferson Davis is seen at Beauvoir House, Jefferson Davis’ historic home, in Biloxi, Miss., Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012. Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War can be an angst-filled task in Mississippi, with its long history of racial strife and a state flag that still bears the Confederate battle emblem. Well-intentioned Mississippians who work for racial reconciliation say slavery was morally indefensible. Still, some speak in hushed tones as they confess a certain admiration for the valor of Confederate troops who fought for what was, to them, the hallowed ground of home and country. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

What may work in Abbott’s favor is that, at one point, it was decided the camel and other creatures were aggressive and were taken elsewhere. That was also in 2015. But by 2016, when visitors lessened, Sir Camelot et al. came back.

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The woman is seeking damages and compensation for her medical expenses and the mental toll the alleged camel attack took on her.

Weirdly enough, the Sun Herald report ends with a gem you just can’t make up: “To hear Beauvoir employees tell it, the most dangerous thing about Sir Camelot is his propensity for caffeine. The camel loves Dr. Pepper and coffee and, yes, he is not above swiping a drink.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Matt Naham About the author:
Matt Naham is the Weekend Editor  for Rare. Follow him on Twitter @matt_naham.
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