Footage captured the shocking moment an angry camel fatally trampled a man who punched it at a children’s camp in Russia.
“The animal did not appreciate such treatment,” local media reported regarding the deadly incident, which occurred last month at the Beryozka recreation Centre in Omsk, Siberia, per East2West news.
The fiasco occurred after a watchman named Yury, 51, struck the dromedary while attempting to move it, causing it to become enraged and attack him, NGS55 media reported.
In the disturbing footage, the guard can be seen walking up to the double-humped Bactrian camel — which can weigh over 1,100 pounds — and yanking on its reins. However, the animal, named Vasya, refuses to budge, after which Yuri punches it in the face. He then tries to get the camel to move a second time, whereupon it wheels around and grabs its assailant in its teeth, before flinging him around like a ragdoll.
After getting mauled and trampled for a protracted period, the guard can be seen lying motionless in the now blood-stained snow while the camel continues to prod at him.
The clip concludes with a white car arriving at the grisly scene, prompting the critter to pause its assault.
However, by that point, the watchman had reportedly sustained traumatic injuries to his head and body. He was rushed to the hospital, but succumbed to his injuries shortly thereafter.
Prior to the attack, the animal had reportedly been described as a peaceful animal that was often around children sans incidents.
Some sources blamed the watchman for provoking the beast by punching it. “The man paid with his life after hitting the animal in the face,” local sources described, per E2W news.
Nonetheless, authorities decided to put the camel down to prevent future attacks while law enforcement is investigating whether the animal was held legally on camp property.
In a similar incident this past March, two men were killed by a rampaging camel that escaped from a petting zoo in Tennessee.