Thanks to The New Yorker, Caspar the truck stop camel is back in the headlines. It’s not for anything new, just late recognition of a brightly written lede , the introductory paragraph of a news story. With apologies to Paul Harvey, the radio commentator of old, here’s the rest of the story: My inbox still holds a note that arrived on a Sunday morning in September 2019, from someone who obviously didn’t want to be identified. It was signed “Rather Not” with a return address of “[email protected]” “A lady traveling from Texas to Florida was attacked and severely injured by the camel at the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete either Wed. or Thurs. I’m wondering why I can’t find any news stories in either papers or t.v. about that. I’d rather not identify myself, but I do know this happened and the lady is in serious condition with numerous broken bones. How does a camel nearly kill her at a truck stop??? Was he loose, or do they let people into its enclosure?” the email read. Camel (yes, a camel) now at famed truck stop outside Baton Rouge, but owner in fierce fight for tiger The Advocate had covered… Read full this story
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