Truck stop in Grosse Tete sees spike in visitors after camel story goes viral
GROSSE TETE - New video obtained by WBRZ shows the moments leading to a dust-up between a camel and an out-of-state visitor at a well-known truck stop in Iberville Parish. News outlets around the world are covering the story, and the truck stop says they're seeing a major spike in visitors.
The video released by the Tiger Truck Stop shows Edmond and Gloria Lancaster outside the pen of Casper, the main attraction at the popular tourist spot.
The Florida couple told authorities they were tossing treats to Casper when their dog snuck into the enclosure through a gap in the fence. The couple went in after their pet, and that's when the camel became startled.
Casper is seen knocking the woman to the ground and then pinning her down with his full body. Officials said the woman eventually bit the animal's testicles in order to get the camel off.
She was hospitalized with injuries related to the incident.
The couple was issued tickets for trespassing and not having the dog on a leash.
The bizarre encounter has gone viral, with media outlets across the globe airing Casper's story.