Adam Hammond, WREG, Reporting
Family members say 13-year-old Trip Knight’s speech will be delayed for life after his grandfather’s camel crushed his skull and broke many bones in his face
Trip was putting a harness on the camel last Tuesday when it picked him up buy the head with its mouth and threw him to the ground.
Family members say Trip’s grandfather, Jim Owens, drove him to a nearby hospital before the teen 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 the camel has not been put down because they are still pulling DNA from the animal to make sure it doesn’t carry disease.
The Fayette County sheriff’s office is investigating the incident.
Under Tennessee state law a camel isn’t classified as an exotic pet, so the owner doesn’t have to have an exotic license.
Trip has already undergone surgery on his skull and will have another procedure 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.